Road to Recovery Training

 

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 Shelby County so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 16,600 Iowa 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 Suzie Mages, Senior Communmity 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.”

“The program not only helps patients, but is also rewarding for the volunteer. Several of our state wide drivers have volunteered for a number of years,” added Mages.

For additional information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer,  call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit cancer.org/drive. There will be a group training meeting on October 24, 2016 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Auble Room at Myrtue Medical Center. Those interested in becoming drivers will need to bring their drivers license and a copy of their vehicle insurance card.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP to suzie.mages@cancer.org or by calling 712.579.1878.  If participants have laptops, tablets, e-readers, or other mobile devices with internet access capabilities they are also encouraged to bring them for hands on real time experience.