Road To Recovery Program Serves Cancer Patients

The Road To Recovery program allows cancer patients to get to appointments when they can't drive or don't have friends or family to help.

Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there.

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Volunteer drivers donate their time and their vehicles by taking patients to and from appointments so that they can get the life-saving treatments they need.

Archelle Harrison is battling breast, thyroid and bone cancer. She has no relatives to help her get to appointments so she relies on volunteers.

They also provide encouragement and support. For Archelle, the friendship is something that she holds close to hear heart.

"I could never make it to my appointments without them. They're all really nice and friendly and if you're nervous they'll talk with you and calm you down," said Archelle.

Jane Cotton is her volunteer driver. The two of them have really bonded.

"I just love her to pieces. She's the same age as my daughter and she has no one. Her parents are all gone, no siblings, so we have a special bond," said Cotton.

The Road To Recovery program in Lincoln gave the most rides of the year in August. They took patients to their appointments 201 times. For January through August of this year, they took 973 trips.

The organization always needs more help. To learn how to become a volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345.


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