The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to restart lifesaving program

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

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

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

“You can have the best treatment out there. But if you don’t make it, you won’t be able to complete your treatment journey,” Lovell said.

Volunteers must have access to a vehicle, driver’s license and car insurance. A short 90-minute online training session is required before getting started.

Volunteers decide when to drive patients. Then the American Cancer Society tells them who to pick up and where to go.

“It sounds a bit awkward to think about pausing the day, but really it’s just devoting a few minutes of their week to someone who needs that help,” Lovell said.

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

“Honestly, sometimes the patients you bring back and forth for treatment look just like you and they’re going through similar situations, and it allows them to connect with someone else within the community.”

The program needs at least 12 volunteers to take to the streets. If you are interested, you can find volunteer information here.

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