Volunteer drivers needed to transport cancer patients to treatment

Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment. To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery program.

The Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers in Fulton County so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 189 Fulton County residents will learn that they have cancer this year; however getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.

“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Marybeth Torsell, Program Manager for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where the Road To Recovery program comes in.”

A training for new drivers will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. The training will be held in the Cancer Resource Center within the Fulton County Health Center at 725 S. Shoop Ave in Wauseon. To be a volunteer driver, an interested person must simply have a reliable vehicle, a valid drivers liscense, proof of auto insurance, a good driving record, and general computer knowledge.

For additional information or to register for the training, contact Marybeth at 888.227.6446 x 5101 or email marybeth.torsell@cancer.org.