American Cancer Society seeks Road to Recovery drivers

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in Lycoming County who can help with the Road to Recovery program.

The program provides cancer patients with a free ride to and from their cancer treatment site.

“The best treatment in the world is useless if you can’t get there,” said Kathy Mannello, health initiative representative for the American Cancer Society.

Road to Recovery drivers pick up a cancer patient at home and drive him or her to treatments, medical center or other sites. After treatment, they take the patient back home.

Those interested in becoming a driver must attend a volunteer training session, have a current and valid driver license, a good driving record and proof of adequate auto insurance.

A Road to Recovery training session will be held on from 10 a.m. to noon April 18.

To register or to learn more about the training, contact Mannello at 888-227-5445, Option 3.

“For many reasons, patients are unable to meet their transportation needs”, Mannello, explained. “Having to deal with cancer treatment is a major concern. People shouldn’t have to worry about how they are going to get to treatment and home safely.”

Drivers do not have to commit to a regular schedule, but can volunteer to drive patients when they are able.

“We need volunteer drivers from all areas of the county. The more drivers we have, the more we can help those in need,” Mannello said.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program and other programs and services offered through the society, call 800-227-2345.