Douglas Co. in Critical Need of Volunteer Drivers
- on February 27, 2012
Would you drive a few miles to save a life? You can do just that by becoming a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. Be a critical part of a cancer patient’s road to recovery by providing safe and friendly transportation to and from the treatments they need. The program offers flexible hours and free training.
“Cancer patients in Lawrence and Douglas County are currently in need of rides to treatment,” explains Deb Parsons, Kansas health initiatives director for the American Cancer Society. “So we really need new volunteers to help fill that need.”
For those interested in this program, a Road to Recovery Information Meeting and Training is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Meeting Room E, 325 Maine St., Lawrence. Participants are asked to bring proof of automobile insurance and a current driver license to the meeting.
An estimated 14,070 Kansas residents found out they have cancer this year. Because of advances in medical research, there will be cures for many. Getting to the cures, however, may be a problem. “One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” says Parsons. “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 Road to Recovery comes in.”
“Transportation is one of the top three unmet needs of cancer patients,” explains Parsons. “We have a critical need right now for drivers in Lawrence and Douglas County. I invite people who would like to help cancer patients in their community to attend our March 7th meeting or to call us at 800-359-1025. The program not only helps patients, but is also rewarding for the volunteer. Many of our drivers have volunteered for a number of years.”
Training, maps and directions are provided to those who become Road to Recovery volunteers. The amount of time given depends upon each volunteer’s schedule. Requirements for volunteering include a good driving record, valid driving license and motor vehicle insurance, and vehicle that is in good working condition.
To find out more about being a volunteer driver, call the Kansas American Cancer Society office at 800-359-1025. For more information on cancer, call the Society’s 24-hour help line at 800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web site at www.cancer.org.