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How volunteers can help others on ‘Road To Recovery’

Drivers needed to take patients to treatment

PRINCETON — The American Cancer Society is in need of more volunteer drivers to support the Road To Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to treatment.

This year, there will be an estimated 68,560 new cancer cases in Illinois in 2019, and for some, getting to treatments can be their biggest roadblock. A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. That’s why volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program is so important.

“Every day, thousands of cancer patients need of a ride to and from their treatments,” said Kelly Perez, program manager, American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.”

The American Cancer Society currently has dedicated and passionate volunteers throughout Illinois, but the need for drivers is greater than the number of volunteers. In many communities, due to the lack of drivers, transportation needs can go unmet.

Volunteer drivers are needed to help give cancer patients a much-needed ride. The organization screens and trains all volunteer drivers, and coordinates the rides for patients. Volunteer drivers donate their time and can provide as many rides as they want.

All drivers must have a current, valid driver’s license; a good driving record; access to a safe and reliable vehicle; regular desktop, laptop or tablet computer access; and proof of car insurance.

The American Cancer Society stands shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them, focused on improving patient access to quality care, including transportation.

To learn more about volunteering for the Road To Recovery program, visit cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.

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