Cancer patients often miss or delay treatments because they do not have access to reliable transportation, but Kent and Ottawa County residents can help these cancer patients by giving them a life-saving ride. The American Cancer Society is currently seeking volunteers for its Road to Recovery program which provides free transportation to those battling cancer.
Currently, the program is enrolling those interested in volunteering as drivers throughout Kent and Ottawa Counties. All volunteers need to have reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of insurance, be willing to submit to a background and department of motor vehicle check, and commit to a two-hour training session. Following training, volunteers can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows.
“This year, more than 58,000 Michigan residents will be diagnosed with cancer. They will find themselves needing chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical care and they won’t be able to do it alone. They will need support, educational resources, and rides to and from their treatments,” said Mindy Klein, mission delivery specialist for the American Cancer Society. “Not only do the patients benefit from our Road to Recovery program, but the volunteers do also, they are literally helping to save a patient’s life by getting them to their necessary treatment.”
The Road to Recovery program is offered at no charge by the American Cancer Society. This program is one of the many ways that funds raised through events like Relay For Life help fulfill the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against cancer right here in our community.
To learn how you can become a Road to Recovery volunteer and give someone the ride of their life, call Mindy at 616.551.4066.