Volunteer ‘Road To Recovery’ Drivers Needed For Cancer Patients

Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation. Many people may not realize it, but there are often patients in the northeastern PA (Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Carbon, Schuylkill, and Monroe Counties) who have to get to a scheduled treatment but for a variety of reasons cannot get there on their own.

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to and from medical treatment appointments for people who are in active treatment for a cancer diagnosis (currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation) who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

More drivers are needed for the Road to Recovery program in all counties, whether you live the city or in the country, we need your help! Volunteer drivers need to have a valid PA driver’s license, a good driving record, a reliable vehicle; proof of insurance, complete a background check and driver check and attend a brief orientation program (takes less than an hour).

Hours of driving are flexible and rides are typically provided Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm. Drivers can restrict availability to only a certain day(s) of the week or 1/2 day or whatever amount of time they can. You can drive your vehicle or an ACS vehicle, where available.

“It is more than a ride,” comments Jennifer Washney, Health Initiatives Representative for the American Cancer Society. “Many of our volunteers have been touched by cancer in some way, either a family member or friend, or they are cancer survivors themselves. They are special people who want to give back and help others. More people are needed to step up the ‘wheel’ and help.”

Please call 570-562-9749 and ask to speak to a Health Initiatives Representative or send an email at jennifer.washney@cancer.orgor jill. giomboni@cancer.org.