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Volunteer drivers needed to transport cancer patients

    Getting to and from medical treatments is one of the greatest concerns cancer patients face during treatment. To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery® program.

    The Society is currently looking for volunteer drivers in Maine so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 9,270 Maine residents will learn that they have cancer this year; however, getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.
    “One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Elisa Madore, mission delivery specialist for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where the Road To Recovery program comes in.
    “The program not only helps patients but is also rewarding for the volunteer. Several of our drivers have volunteered for a number of years,” added Madore.
    For additional information about the Road To Recovery program or to volunteer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

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