Jan 21, 2011 5:30 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Road to Recovery

At age 41, Denise Richard discovered she had second stage breast cancer. Richard went through six cycles of chemotherapy. With her husband at work and chemo so intense, Richard needed help.
"We were in a bind, financially and emotionally. My mom actually stepped up and took me to every single treatment," said Richard.
That isn't always an option for some people.
"We found that the number one reason why patients are not completing treatments is because they don't have adequate transportation," said Shimeka Chretien-Bass with the American Cancer Society.
Cancer patients are often left tired and weak after chemo leaving them in no condition to drive. That is why the American Cancer Society created the Road to Recovery--a program where volunteers drive cancer patients to and from their treatments.
To volunteer, there are just four things you'll need. A driver's license, car insurance, access to a vehicle, and a clean driving record.
"For many patients treatment is the difference between life and death," said Chretien-Bass.
Now with a mode of transporation all patients have to worry about is fighting the cancer.
"That is correct! That's what I'm doing," said Richard.
If you are interested in volunteering, the American Cancer Society will be having a training session on Wednesday, February 16 from 10 am-12 pm at Lafayette Parish South Regional Library. For more details call 337-237-3797.


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