TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - The American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers for their Road To Recovery program, which provides cancer patients free rides to treatment. This year, an estimated 71,850 Ohioans will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some transportation can be their biggest roadblock.
“Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to and from their treatments,” says TJ Smith, Program Manager at the American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there.”
The American Cancer Society currently has a small team of drivers in Tuscarawas County, but the need for drivers is greater than the number of volunteers, due to the growing needs cancer patients in the community.
All volunteers must have: A valid driver’s license, a good driving record, access to a safe and reliable vehicle, computer or tablet access, and some flexible availability Monday-Friday from 8.am-6pm. The American Cancer Society screens and trains all volunteer drivers and coordinates the rides for patients. Volunteer drivers donate their time and can provide as many rides as they want.
To learn more, contact Program Manager TJ Smith at 216-535-0453 or by email at TJ.Smith@cancer.org.
Cancer patients who want more information can call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-227-2345.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY