Volunteer drivers needed to help transport cancer patients to treatment

GENESEE COUNTY — An estimated 57,600 Michigan residents will learn they have cancer in 2017 and getting to their scheduled treatment will be one of their greatest concerns.

To ease this burden, the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program is looking for volunteer drivers to provide free transportation to treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves in and around Genesee County.

Many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be elderly and unable to drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation. The Road to Recovery program provides transportation options for patients in these situations and currently is in desperate need of more volunteer drivers in Genesee County.

“Every driver has what it takes to save lives,” said Rachael Cook for the American Cancer Society. “We’re urgently asking Genesee County drivers to donate their time and volunteer to take cancer patients to treatment. One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need between 20 to 30 trips to treatment over the course of six weeks. A patient receiving chemotherapy may need weekly treatment for up to a year.

To volunteer, you must have a valid driver’s license, be between the ages of 18 and 84 and have a good driving history. Drivers are needed Monday thru Friday during normal business hours. Volunteers would use provided vans to transport patients in and around Genesee County. Volunteers have the flexibility to choose when and how often the drive. The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.

Details: Call 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org. – G.G.

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