Road to Recovery, Your Volunteers

Our Mission at Work

 

0128.49Road_to_Recovery_facebook-cover-finalWhen transportation is a cancer patient’s biggest roadblock to treatment, the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides the rides that can help save lives. And we need your help. For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their treatment, volunteers donate their spare time and the use of their personal vehicle to give cancer patients in their community a much-needed lift.

So if you own a car, then you are already on the road to helping save lives.

Here is a story from one of our local Road to Recovery volunteers…

Several years ago, while working as a Realtor and dotting grandmother, I was looking for a way to volunteer for a cause I believed in.  I thought that a goal to help eliminate Cancer, enabling my grandchildren to live a Cancer free life would fit perfectly. I needed it to be something that would fit into my changeable schedule and also allow me to include grandchildren when necessary.

While attending the first Windward Relay For Life in Kailua I came upon a table with information about Road to Recovery (then called Angels on Wheels.)  It fit all the requirements I mentioned and more! With Road to Recovery you only take the assignments that fit your schedule, and many times I had two grandchildren in the car with me.  It was never a problem, because of course they were so cute that all my riders loved them.  No, truly……and they are still cute!

I have met some wonderful people and enjoyed talking to some real interesting characters. And they are all so appreciative to be able to get a ride to their appointments. Now with the computer listing all the opportunities available, it is even easier to volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life.

The training is helpful and all you need is a little time…..Try It!!!!

~ Donlei

https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery.html

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Hope is the message all year round

Thanks to our 2017 Hero of Hope, Kaliko Adams, for sharing his message of Hope this morning. You can be a part of our global awareness efforts by joining us at a Relay For Life event. Find an event in your community by visiting us at relay.org.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/34548348/local-volunteer-named-an-american-cancer-society-hero-of-hope

Relay For Life, Your Volunteers

Heroes of Hope 2017

Heroes of Hope are cancer survivors or caregivers who have demonstrated a commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from the disease. As highly visible symbols of a personal victory over cancer, they share their personal stories in a variety of settings to motivate others to fight back against the disease.

Our 2017 Heroes of Hope are Kaliko Adams (Caregiver – Hawaii) and Frankie Perez (Survivor – Guam).

Kaliko’s mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer when he was just eight years old.  Despite learning about cancer through his mother’s fight, he stayed strong and did his best to support his mother during her fight.  Even when times were tough, and the prospects seemed bad, Kaliko and his family never gave up hope.  His mother entered remission the following year and has been cancer free since.  Kaliko has started his own team, bringing his high school friends into the Relay fold and starting a team that has still run after he graduated.

 

My connection to cancer has always been personal. It began with my grandparents – I lost two grandparents to cancer and I have a cousin who was diagnosed with cancer as a kid.  In 2013, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer – thankfully, it was caught early – and we celebrated her triumph over cancer at the 2014 Relay For Life.  We formed a team, “It’s A Family Affair” to give back to the American Cancer Society.  I walked with my mom in her first survivor victory lap that year… as her caregiver, without thinking that someday I might be a survivor too.

 

For more information on our Relay For Life events and how you can participate, log on to www.relayforlife.org or contact your local American Cancer Society office.