The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to revive a lifesaving program

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to relaunch its Road to recovery program. The program uses volunteers to drive local patients to their cancer treatment appointments.

The program was discontinued in 2020 due to public health concerns during the pandemic.

Kristi Lovell is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships in Patient Support for the American Cancer Society’s Southern Region. She said it can be surprising how many people don’t have access to their appointments.

“You can have the best treatment there is. But if you can’t get there, you can’t complete your treatment journey,” Lovell said.

Volunteers must have access to a vehicle, driver’s license and car insurance. A quick 90-minute online training is required before hitting the road.

Volunteers choose when they can drive patients. Then the American Cancer Society lets them know who to look for and where to go.

“It seems a bit overwhelming to think about shutting down your day, but really it’s just giving a few minutes out of your week to someone who needs that help,” Lovell said.

Lovell said helping these patients lets them know someone cares and there’s no better feeling than helping save a life.

“Quite honestly, sometimes the patients you take into treatment are like you and are going through similar situations and it allows them to connect with someone else in the community.”

The program needs at least 12 volunteers to hit the road. If you are interested, volunteer information can be found here.

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