American Cancer Society seeking volunteer drivers to transport patients

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (12/6/2017) - For t he estimated 57,600 Michigan residents diagnosed with cancer in 2017, getting to their scheduled treatment will be a major concern.

To ease this burden, the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program is seeking volunteer drivers to provide free transportation to treatment for patients around Genesee County.

Many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be unable to drive, too ill to drive or lack family and friends who are able to provide rides regularly.

“Every driver has what it takes to save lives,” said Rachael Cook for the American Cancer Society. “We’re urgently asking Genesee County drivers to donate their time and volunteer to take cancer patients to treatment."

Cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy may need 20 to 30 trips for treatment over about six weeks. Patients receiving chemotherapy may need weekly treatment for up to a year.

Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, be between the ages of 18 and 84 and have a good driving history. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

The American Cancer Society provides vans to transport patients in and around Genesee County.

Volunteers can choose when and how often they want to provide rides. The American Cancer Society provides free training for drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.

For information call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.