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American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to treatment

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The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteer drivers to support the road to recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to treatment.

Lauren Bingham, a widowed mother of three, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. On top of the stress a cancer diagnosis comes with, Bingham also had to worry about getting to treatment.

"For me not having a car..'Can you come in now?' No. I can't. I wish i could but I cant," said Bingham.

For so many cancer fighters, just getting to the doctor is a challenge. It's why the American Cancer Society has its Road to Recovery program, where volunteer drivers take patients to treatment.

"Many patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gas, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be elderly and unable to drive, too i'll to drive, or don’t have family or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation,” says Dana Heyl, Road To Recovery program manager for the American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

The service isn't just for those without a car. Sometimes a patient is too sick or too weak to drive. Often, a patient doesn't have access to public transportation or can't afford gas.

But right now, the Road to Recovery program is short on drivers, especially in metro Atlanta. People like Bingham, who began to use the service through her cancer fight, made friends with her drivers. 

"We really enjoyed each other's company. We became friends. Because you're going through this battle and they know it," said Bingham.

Volunteer driver Judy Hooper understands just how much some patients depend on people like her. 

"For every ride that I accept in my list of availability, there are ten to 15 people that same day who also need a ride that I can't take and it's kind of heartbreaking," said Hooper.

The American Cancer Society screens and trains all volunteer drivers and coordinates the rides for patients. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, access to a safe and reliable vehicle, computer access, and proof of car insurance.

For information about the Road To Recovery program, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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