This year, an estimated 20,300 Connecticut residents will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some getting to treatments can be their biggest roadblock.
“Every day we get requests from cancer patients who need a ride to and from their treatments,” said Maribel Palacios-Perez, Program Manager, American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.”
According to the Society, even offering one ride once a month would be a great help.
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.
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
- 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 www.cancer.org/drive or call us at 1-800-227-2345.