Making Sure All MN Cancer Patients Can Get to Treatment
PHOTO: A program that provides free rides for cancer patients in Minnesota is in need of more volunteer drivers, especially in Duluth, Rochester and the Twin Cities. CREDIT: Liz West
August 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The battle itself is tough enough for those Minnesotans with cancer, and one program is making sure transportation is never an added hurdle. According to Kathi Di Nicola, director of public relations for the American Cancer Society, their Road to Recovery program provides free rides for cancer patients to their doctors' appointments and scheduled treatments.
"It's crucial, really, in many cases for many cancer patients. We know that if they can't get a ride they don't go to treatment, and that can make a significant difference on the (patient's) outcome and on the disease itself," Di Nicola said, adding, "Having cancer is hard enough. Finding help should not be."
Those providing the rides through Road to Recovery are volunteers, and more are always needed.
Di Nicola said they could use more volunteers across the state, although there are several areas where the need is greatest.
"We absolutely need more drivers in Rochester, the Twin Cities and Duluth for this program, and we are putting a call out to those three areas for more volunteer drivers to help us get patients back and forth to the treatments they need."
Volunteers need access to a vehicle, a good driving record and some time. Last year in Minnesota, American Cancer Society volunteers provided more than 1,400 rides for patients.
More information, including details on volunteering, is available at bit.ly/13TUy12.