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American Cancer Society looking for volunteers to drive patients to treatments
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SALT LAKE CITY — The American Cancer Society is looking for people in the community to give someone the ride of their life by becoming a driver for the Road to Recovery program.

This unique program is designed to provide transportation for cancer patients to and from their medical appointments or cancer treatments.

The American Cancer Society has been receiving an increased number of requests for rides from area cancer patients, so there is a need for additional volunteer drivers for the program.

Road to Recovery volunteer drivers offer both their time and vehicles to the cancer patients, many of whom have no other means of getting to their lifesaving treatments and appointments. Every cancer patient has unique needs and many require daily or weekly treatments over the course of several months. The American Cancer Society considers its volunteer drivers to be essential members of each patient’s medical team.

“I like to drive the same patient through their entire treatment so I get to really know the patient,” said Cyril Faulkner. “Being a cancer survivor myself gives me some understanding of what a patient is going through and I feel I can give them encouragement.”

Claudia Hatley, a cancer patient who is a beneficiary of Faulkner’s generosity, says she and her family appreciate the program.

“The stress that it has relieved has been tremendous,” she said. “I haven’t had to worry about receiving my radiation treatments in which I believe has alleviated any blocks to the healing process. My husband and I are extremely grateful to the American Cancer Society and Cyril Faulkner for his unconditional giving of time and himself in making this program a success.”

To be a Road to Recovery driver, a person must have the following:

• A current, valid driver’s license issued by the state in which they reside.

• A good driving record, which will be verified by the DMV.

• Access to a safe and reliable vehicle.

• Maintain sufficient limits of automobile liability insurance for their personal vehicle.

• Must be in good health.

• Must complete the volunteer driver’s application and attend a training/orientation.

Call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.
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