Volunteers needed to get cancer patients on road to recovery

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

Every day, many cancer patients need rides to medical facilities for treatment. To help solve this problem, the American Cancer Society is having a recruitment campaign for its Road To Recovery program in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.

Through this program, volunteers provide free transportation for local cancer patients in need of a ride to and from cancer treatment.

Many of the people assisted through the Road To Recovery program do not own a vehicle, cannot afford bus fare or do not live where public transportation is available. Some patients are elderly and unable to drive and have no one nearby who can provide regular assistance with transportation. Without transportation they cannot receive their cancer treatments.

In 2013, some 400 rides were provided for patients in the greater Charleston area through the Road To Recovery program. The American Cancer Society is seeking additional volunteer drivers in Berkley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties in order to meet increasing need from local patients.

Anyone interested in volunteering must have a good driving record, valid driver's license, automobile insurance and a vehicle in good working condition.

Rides are needed Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and the schedule is flexible to each volunteer's availability.

For more information on becoming a Road To Recovery volunteer, contact Fronde Merchant at Fronde.merchant@cancer.org or call 843-744-1922.

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