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2011-03-31 / Community News

American Cancer Society Needs Volunteer Drivers for Lee County

Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients to life-saving treatments

The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers in Lee County to become Road to Recovery volunteers to provide transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment. Each new volunteer is required to attend one training session. The training sessions will be set to meet volunteer needs.

Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their vehicles so patients can receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Volunteers make a huge difference in patients’ quality of life by eliminating their concern about getting to treatment.

Volunteer drivers must have a good driving history and be in good health. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. They must also have a safe, reliable vehicle. Volunteers are reimbursed for the miles incurred while transporting cancer patients.

Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. Oncology social workers report that 77 percent of cancer patients say transportation is one of their biggest needs and Lee County residents have a chance to make a difference.

If you are interested in becoming a Road to Recovery Volunteer, please contact Sandra Villalaz at 512-919-1854 or email at Sandra.Villalaz@cancer.org to discuss training and to learn more about the Road to Recovery program. You can also visit cancer.org to learn more about this program or any other cancer patient service.

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