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Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment.

It’s lack of transportation.

There are often patients in the northeastern and central Pennsylvania (Lehigh Valley, Northampton, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bradford and Monroe Counties) who need to get to a scheduled treatment, but for a variety of reasons cannot go on their own. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to and from medical treatment appointments for people who are in active treatment for a cancer diagnosis (currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation) who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

More drivers are needed for the Road to Recovery program in all counties. Volunteer drivers must be between the ages of 18 and 85, have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, a good driving record, a reliable vehicle and proof of insurance. They must complete a background check and driver check, as well as attend a brief orientation program.

Hours of driving are flexible and rides are typically provided Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can restrict availability to only a certain day or days of the week or whatever amount of time they can. They can drive their own vehicles or an ACS vehicle, where available.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Washney at 570-562-9749.

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