Volunteer Drivers Needed to Transport Cancer Patients to Treatment

Resolve to Fight Back against Cancer in 2012

What can you do to help fight cancer? The answer could be as simple as driving your car! The American Cancer Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers for their Road to RecoverySM program. Road to Recovery is a program of volunteers who drive patients to treatment centers and home again. Volunteers are needed in your community to ensure that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 143 Polk county residents will learn that they have cancer this year. Due to advances in medical research, there will be cures for many. Getting to the cures, however, may be a problem.

“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Tamara Wilfong, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where Road to Recovery comes in.”

Through the simple gift of a lift in your car, you can help patients get one step further on the road to recovery. Get in the driver’s seat in the fight against cancer. If you can provide as little as one ride a month, call your American Cancer Society today! For more information or to register for an upcoming training in Bolivar, at 417-447-1489 or email Tamara.Wilfong@cancer.org. Volunteer mileage reimbursement is available

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

March 21, 2012

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