Lafayette

Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM by Melissa Canone

American Cancer Society Needs Volunteer Drivers for 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.

Right now, the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program needs volunteers from across the Lafayette area to drive cancer patients to and from their treatments. Anyone wishing to make a difference in the life of a cancer patient is urged to attend a free volunteer training on Wednesday, February 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the American Cancer Society Office, 1604 West Pinhook Road in Lafayette.

If you have a car and insurance, safe driving skills, and can drive as little as one morning or afternoon a month, you can give someone peace of mind and the chance to get to their potentially lifesaving treatments.

To volunteer or learn more information about the upcoming training, contact Shimeka Chretien, the Society's local staff partner based in Lafayette, at (334) 237-3797, ext. 1, or shimeka.chretien@cancer.org. Those needing transportation assistance or cancer information should contact the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345

"Road to Recovery ensures that patients have transportation when they need it the most," said Chretien. "For these patients, our drivers are a lifeline. It's a valuable service, but one that requires tremendous volunteer manpower, which means we're always looking for new people."

Some patients simply do not have a vehicle or may be too ill to drive. Family and friends can sometimes help provide transportation. At other times, a patient's lack of transportation may prevent them from receiving potentially lifesaving cancer treatment.

"The impact that this program has on the lives of cancer patients is unparalleled," said Chretien. "If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that makes a difference, then please consider becoming a Road to Recovery driver today!"

Volunteers may drive as frequently as their schedules permit them to transport patients to and from area treatment centers.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Visit cancer.org for details.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

 

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