The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers to support the Road To Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to treatment. There will be an estimated 66,330 new cancer cases in Illinois in 2018, and for some getting to treatments can be the biggest roadblock.
“Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to and from their treatments,” said Kelly Perez, ACS program manager. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.”
The Society currently has nearly 10,000 Road To Recovery drivers nationally, but the need for drivers is greater than the number of volunteers. In many communities, due to the lack of drivers, transportation needs go unmet. The organization screens and trains all volunteer drivers and coordinates rides for patients. Volunteer drivers donate time and can provide as many rides as they want.
All drivers must have:
- A current, valid license.
- A good driving record.
- Access to a safe and reliable vehicle.
- Regular internet access.
- Proof of car insurance.
To learn more about volunteering for the Road To Recovery program, visit cancer.org.