BANGOR, Maine — We don’t often think about our cars as life-saving tools. We get in, start the engine and go where we need to go. But when the destination is a cancer treatment appointment, that ride takes on a new meaning. Lack of transportation to appointments can be a major problem for cancer patients. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Families and friends may not be able to take time away from work to drive them to appointments.
The answer for many people is the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Through the program, volunteer drivers donate time and the use of their vehicles to drive cancer patients.
“Road to Recovery volunteers provide an essential service for cancer patients in their local community,” said Elisa Madore, American Cancer Society community executive. “Even the greatest medical advances are useless if patients are not able to get to their treatments.”
Those who have a car and few hours to spare can brighten the life of a cancer patient by volunteering as a Road to Recovery driver. The American Cancer Society is now recruiting volunteers throughout Maine to ensure that cancer patients have transportation to and from treatment appointments. Volunteers are asked to attend a training session 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the Conference Room at Eastern Maine Medical Center. For more information about the program or to register for a training session, call 532-4807 or email Elisa.Madore@cancer.org.
Correction: An early version of this story requires correction. The next volunteer training session is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. The contact number for the program is 532-4807.