American Cancer Society Helps Patients Get On The Road to Recovery
By Rhonda Hollen, American Cancer Society, Northshore LIVING WELL Magazine
Monica Field was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. And with no way home from her daily radiation treatments, she was at a crossroads.
“It’s like starting out on a long journey, but it’s a trip where you don’t know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there,” says Field. “The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program showed me the way.”
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program is a free service where volunteer drivers transport cancer patients to lifesaving treatments.
The American Cancer Society started this program for many reasons. Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, the greatest challenge isn’t always lack of treatment but lack of transportation. Some patients do not have a car or may be too ill to drive. Also, just one patient receiving radiation treatment may require 20 to 30 trips to the hospital in just a few weeks.
Cheryl Fourcade, American Cancer Society, has managed the local program for nearly two years.
“Imagine knowing your cancer diagnosis has an excellent prognosis for a successful outcome, but it is out of your reach because you cannot get to treatments on a consistent basis,” says Fourcade. “Road to Recovery can be the difference that saves lives.”
And more drivers are needed.
“With such demand, we are always looking for additional volunteers to work with us,” says Fourcade. “We have requests from all areas, but have limited availability of drivers, so it is sometimes difficult to accommodate patients. More volunteers will ensure more patients are able to complete treatment.”
To volunteer, one must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and personal automobile insurance. Volunteers may drive as frequently as their schedules permit.
Call American Cancer Society 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org to volunteer for the Road to Recovery Program.