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Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment. To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the ACS provides free rides through its Road To Recovery program.

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in Southern Illinois so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 66,000 Illinois residents will learn that they have cancer this year; however getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.

“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Claire Sharp, Mission Delivery Specialist for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where the Road To Recovery program comes in.”

For more information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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