Volunteer drivers needed to transport cancer patients to treatment
Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment. To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery program.
The Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers in Oneida County so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 1457 Oneida County residents will learn that they have cancer this year; however getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.
“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Diane Geis Hapka, Community Engagement 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 the Road To Recovery program comes in.”
“The program not only helps patients, but is also rewarding for the volunteer. Several of our drivers have volunteered for a number of years,” said Hapka.
For additional information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org. Visit the ACS Information table at the Relay For Life June 13, at Mike Webster Stadium starting at 6 p.m. for more information on this and other programs offered through the American Cancer Society will be available.