Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients

MIAMI COUNTY — 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 looking for volunteer drivers in Miami County so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 530 Miami County 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 Marybeth Torsell, program 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 drivers have volunteered for a number of years,” Torsell said.

A training for new drivers will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the YWCA, 418 N. Wayne St., Piqua. To be a volunteer driver, an interested person must simply have a reliable vehicle, a valid drivers liscense, proof of auto insurance and a good driving record.

For additional information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Register for the training by calling Marybeth at (888) 227.6446, Ext. 5101, or email marybeth.torsell@cancer.org.