—Submitted by Jennifer Washney of the American Cancer Society
Oct. 30— Taylor, PA: There are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation. Many people may not realize it, but there are often patients in northeastern and central PA (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Carbon, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Monroe Counties) who have to get to a scheduled treatment, but for a variety of reasons cannot get there on their own. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to and from medical treatment appointments for people who are in active treatment for a cancer diagnosis (currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation) who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
More drivers are needed for the Road to Recovery program in all counties, especially Lackawanna. If you live in the city or in the country, we need your help! Volunteer drivers need to have a valid PA driver’s license, a good driving record, a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance, plus complete a background check and driver check and attend a brief orientation program (which takes less than an hour) and be at least 21 years of age. Hours of driving are flexible and rides are typically provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can restrict availability to certain days of the week or half days or whatever amount of time they can. You can drive your vehicle or an ACS vehicle where available.
“It is more than a ride,” commented Jennifer Washney, Mission Delivery Specialist for the American Cancer Society. “Many of our volunteers have been touched by cancer in some way, either a family member or friend, or they are cancer survivors themselves. They are special people who want to give back and help others. We need more people to step up the ‘wheel’ and help.”
If you live in northeastern PA, please call 570-562-9749 to learn more and to receive a Road to Recovery Driver application. Meanwhile, please call 610-882-5774 to sign up to attend an orientation program in Lehigh County.