An estimated 6,670 Hawaii residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
Next comes the treatments.
However, for some patients, getting to those treatment can be challenging.
“One of the biggest barriers for someone diagnosed with cancer to finish their cancer treatment is actually being able to get to and from those appointments,” said Mary Williamson, Regional Director of Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific.
Even with the close-knit network of families and friends in the islands, transportation is a major challenge for many cancer patients.
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program aims to fill that need. It provides volunteer drivers for free. Last year the Hawaii Pacific Road to Recovery program provided 933 rides to 114 patients. “We have a number of requests for rides, but we just don’t have enough drivers, ” said Williamson. “We are especially looking for drivers to pick-up cancer patients coming in from the neighbor islands, take them to their treatment, and take them back to the airport.”
ROAD TO RECOVERY DRIVERS NEEDED
Can you spare a few hours a month to help save lives?
The American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific need volunteer drivers for its “Road to Recovery” program on all islands, including Guam. You don’t need any special skills, training, knowledge or expertise to help your neighbor fight cancer. All you need is three things: a driver’s license, a car, and a few spare hours a month.
The American Cancer Society desperately need Road to Recovery drivers in Honolulu, where the need is the greatest, and we have only four drivers.
If you want to volunteer for Road to Recovery, then call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or call your local American Cancer Society office.
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program was recently featured in a news story on Hawaii News Now. To watch the video, click here*.
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