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Help Wanted: American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers in WNY

Drivers take patients with transportation issues to treatment appointments
Posted at 5:33 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 18:23:16-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The American Cancer Society needs as many volunteer drivers as it can get for a program called "Road to Recovery."

It is a program that provides 1,000 rides for cancer patients in WNY so they can make their scheduled treatment appointments.

Many of those who partake in the free program have transportation issues, but it also provides help for families dealing with cancer who need a respite from driving - especially during the winter months.

Many current volunteer drivers in the program will be soon heading to Florida for the winter.

The "snowbird" shortage will make it challenging to help all those who need rides from the program.

There is no compensation for drivers but they often make friendships and provide a huge emotional and financial support for cancer patients.

Organizers of the program emphasize that it is flexible and willing to use drivers who can do whatever they can.

If interested, a new volunteer driver will get some training about helping cancer patients and their challenges with feeling sick from treatments.

To apply to be a volunteer driver, the American Cancer Society has more information here. (click)

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