Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers willing to save lives by driving a few miles.

Everyone knows that a cancer diagnosis comes with many hardships and barriers for the cancer patient. One of the greatest barriers is simply getting to and from appointments and treatments, since patients often cannot afford to drive to appointments or are physically unable to drive themselves.

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is forming in Fulton County, and needs volunteers who are willing to give a few hours of their time to provide free transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments.  Volunteers must have a reliable vehicle, current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance, and must attend a free Road to Recovery training session.

Training for the program is simple, easy, free, and only requires a few hours of time. Volunteer drivers make a big difference in a cancer patient’s life by providing them with access to life saving procedures and treatments.

A Road to Recovery Training session is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. April 26, in the conference room at Defiance Regional Hospital, 1200 Ralston Ave., Defiance. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register, call 888/227-6446, ext. 5104.

Anyone who would like to volunteer but is unable to attend the training session should contact Jessica West, American Cancer Society health initiatives representative, at 888/227-6446, ext. 5104 or send e-mail to [email protected] 

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