Cancer patients in Manatee County who do not have transportation rely on Road To Recovery volunteer drivers with the American Cancer Society to give them rides to and from their life-saving chemotherapy treatments.
There is a critical shortage of volunteer drivers this summer, said the American Cancer Society.
“We are down to eight drivers during this summer,” Beth Hayes, an American Cancer Society manager, said Tuesday.
The shortage is due to seasonal drivers going back north.
“It’s hot and people are not thinking of volunteering,” said Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore. “But these people desperately need help to get to their treatments.
“This can also be rewarding for the drivers,” Whitmore added. “The drivers tend to stick to one patient, and they lend that patient emotional support. It’s kind of the same feeling you get volunteering for Meals on Wheels.”
To become a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, a person must:
- own a safe and reliable vehicle.
- have a current, valid driver’s license
- have proof of adequate automobile insurance.
- have a good driving record.
- attend Road to Recovery volunteer training.
Information from the American Cancer Society