The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is currently looking for volunteer drivers throughout all Connecticut communities to transport cancer patients to and from their lifesaving treatments.
Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with rides to their treatment appointments, however patients across Connecticut are now at risk of missing crucial appointments due to lack of transportation. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Some treatments will not allow cancer patients to operate machinery, including a motor vehicle. Other patients do not have family members they can rely on for support or their family may simply not be able to take time away from work.
“Cancer patients will miss or delay treatments because they do not have access to reliable transportation throughout Connecticut,” says Debra Swiderski, mission delivery program manager for the American Cancer Society. “Not only do patients benefit from our Road to Recovery program, but the volunteers do as well. They often comment on what a great feeling it is to know they’re giving someone a ride that is helping to save a life.”
If you have a car and few hours to spare, you can make a difference in the life of a cancer patient as a Road to Recovery driver. The American Cancer Society is now recruiting volunteers to ensure that all cancer patients have transportation to and from their treatments. If you are available once a month or once a week, are between the ages of 18 and 85, have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with insurance and want to feel great about helping someone in need, you can be a Road to Recovery volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for more information.