2006-05-11 / News

Volunteer drivers for cancer patients sought

One of the biggest challenges facing cancer patients can be getting to and from their medical treatment facilities.

Lack of transportation is a major problem for thousands of cancer patients, many of whom require daily or weekly treatments, often over a period of months. Many often lack any transportation or simply do not feel well enough to drive.

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program offers free transportation for cancer patients. With the high demand for rides in Rhode Island, the Society has a critical need for local volunteers who can donate both their time and the use of their personal vehicle to drive patients to and from treatment. As American Cancer Society Road to Recovery volunteers, drivers tell us what times are best for them. Their availability is matched with the needs of patients who call requesting transportation.

"Volunteer drivers can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, whether it's once or twice a month or twice a week," said Deborah Smith, Rhode Island vice president for Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society. "These volunteer drivers can become an important part in a cancer patient's road to recovery," she noted.

For more information or to volunteer as a Road to Recovery driver, contact the American Cancer Society's 24-hour information line at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web site www.cancer.org.

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