Road to Recovery drivers needed

11 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE — The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program in Aroostook County needs volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their life-saving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.

    Volunteer drivers have provided hundreds of rides to cancer patients who are either not physically able to get back and forth to treatment without help, or for those who cannot afford transportation, ensuring that these individuals can get access to the care they need.
    “The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 500 people in Aroostook County will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013,” said Elisa Madore, community executive for the American Cancer Society. “Statistics show that approximately 10-20 percent of patients cancel or postpone cancer treatment simply because they have no means of transportation.”
    If you have a car and few hours to spare, you can make a difference in the life of a cancer patient as a Road to Recovery driver. Whether you are available once a month or once a week, even for an hour, you can help someone in your community. Drivers use their own personal vehicle and treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours.
    “Not only do patients benefit from our Road to Recovery program, but the volunteers do also,” said Madore. “They often comment on the great feelings they get from knowing they’re spending their time in a valuable way and meet extraordinary people from their own community they may not have known otherwise.”
    For more information , contact Madore at 462-6307 or by e-mail at Elisa.Madore@cancer.org.