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Volunteer Your Passenger Seat to Patients in Need

Road to Recovery programThe American Cancer Society is asking for volunteers to donate their time and passenger seats to drive patients to treatment.

Many cancer patients need treatment several times a week.  Many of them don’t have access to cars, can’t afford gas, or are unable to drive, which makes getting treatment especially difficult. The Road to Recovery program provides the life-saving transportation necessary for these patients.

Volunteers not only help these patients get the treatment they need, but they can also help eliminate stress during a difficult time.

Beyond just donating a ride, drivers provide support to patients.

“Every driver has what it takes to save lives,” said Sarah Bynum, communications manager for the American Cancer Society.  “When you donate your spare time, the use of your vehicle, and even your passenger seat, you share so much more than just a ride. You’re providing peace of mind, you’re eliminating a burden and you’re sharing a moment that gives hope and strength to those in need.”

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 37,000 Tennessee residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

To be eligible to volunteer, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a good driving record
  • Have proof of adequate insurance
  • Complete the American Cancer Society training course

Drivers can commit to as many or as few hours they wish.  The program will work with drivers to match with patients and create a schedule during the hours of 7am-7pm, Monday through Saturday.

To learn more or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website here.

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