Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients

January 6, 2017 GMT

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers across Connecticut to drive cancer patients to treatments as part of the organization’s free Road to Recovery program.

The free program helps patients who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Many cancer patients do not own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be elderly and unable to drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation, according to a press release.

Last year more than 380 patients received nearly 6,500 rides across Connecticut, according to the American Cancer Society.

Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle and proof of insurance. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a good driving history.

The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.

For information about the Road To Recovery program or to become a driver, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.