An estimated 26,800 Colorado residents will learn they have cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment will be one of their greatest roadblocks. To ensure patients get the critical care they need, the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program can help provide free transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
“Every driver has what it takes to help save lives,” said Jen Briggs, mission delivery program manager for the American Cancer Society. “We’re urgently asking volunteers to share their time and vehicles to take cancer patients to treatment when they have time in their schedule. Volunteers get to choose when they drive and how often.”
Many cancer patients don’t have the capacity to drive or their family is unable to drive them because they are working to cover medical costs. Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.
The Road to Recovery program provides transportation options for patients and is in need of volunteer drivers in Denver. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their vehicles so patients can receive the cancer-related treatments they need.
To volunteer, individuals must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, and proof of automobile insurance. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a good driving history. They arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows. The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.
For information about the Road to Recovery program, call 720-524-5405 or 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/drive.
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