American Cancer Society program helps patients get rides

A unique program through the American Cancer Society gives people who don't have transportation rights to their doctor's appointment.

- A unique program through the American Cancer Society gives people who don't have transportation to their doctor's appointment.

It's a free ride that could help save a life. Road to Recovery is a transportation program for cancer patients who need a ride to their appointments.

"What can I do to help a person who has cancer, not much. But they have to get to their appointments on time, that's very important to their recovery," said Susan Klien.

Klien is a volunteer with the program. She says a coordinator with the American Cancer Society gives her a call and asks her to pickup a patient.

"She says I have a patient who needs to go to this address, to wherever their treatment is on such and such day, at such and such time," said Klien.

On the receiving end are patients like Caroline Williams, who is battling cancer and does not have transportation.

"My main concern was going to treatments, my immune system being down and catching a bus. With everybody on the bus and you know you can get sicker just being around other people," said Caroline Williams.

Caroline says friendships are made during the trips.

"We talk, we laugh, and she's like I will see you next pick up, and I'm like okay. And even if I needed to pick up something to eat, she always asks me do you need to go anywhere else before I drop you off at home? And I think that is just so great for her to be so personal with me," said Williams.

If you would like to volunteer or learn more visit: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/road-to-recovery


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