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Help Cancer Patients Get to Their Treatments

Help Cancer Patients Get to Their Treatments

May 29, 2018

Transportation can be one of a cancer patient’s biggest roadblocks to treatment. That’s why the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides patients in need with free rides to treatment. For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to cancer-related medical appointments, volunteers donate their time to give patients a much-needed ride. 

Right now, one of the biggest barriers to cancer care is transportation. Because even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. Family and friends may help, but over the course of several months, they may not always have the time or resources to provide every ride. That’s why a successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous asset to the community, and an inspiration to a volunteer. Volunteers have provided hundreds of thousands of rides for patients, but the need for drivers continues to accelerate. 

To ensure quality drivers, the American Cancer Society screens every volunteer. They must also complete online training courses to prepare them for their new role. Drivers need:

  • A good driving record
  • A current driver’s license
  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance
  • Access to a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Schedule availability
  • Regular desktop, laptop, or tablet computer access

*Additional screening and training will be required; contact us for more details.

Join us at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library (9154 Sherrills Ford Rd, Terrell, NC 28682) at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 4 to learn how you can help. 

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website or call them at 1-800-227-2345.