Road to Recovery Volunteer: Driven to Serve
Article date: January 27, 2014
American Cancer Society volunteer Jim Runyan has driven more than 100 people to their cancer treatments during the 12 years he’s been with the Society’s Road To Recovery program. During that time, he’s kept a list of everyone he’s helped get to their medical appointments.
“When you drive, you learn about people’s hopes and fears,” said Runyan. “None of them are quitters; they all want to beat cancer. Some didn’t make it, and this is a kind of memorial; I don’t want to forget them. ”
Chevrolet Purple Roads Campaign
The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.
Runyan began driving for Road To Recovery when he retired. “I wanted to give back, I like to drive, and I’m a people person,” he said. “It’s a real good service the Society provides.”
Unfortunately, when cancer patients do not have a driver like Runyan to help them, many don’t have the means to actually get to and from their treatment facility. To help, Chevrolet is joining with the American Cancer Society to launch Purple Roads, a campaign to help people facing cancer. The campaign offers consumers an opportunity to take action by either turning their Facebook or Twitter profiles purple or by volunteering to help cancer patients and their families get the transportation to and from medical facilities for treatments.
To learn more about the Purple Road campaign, to volunteer for Road To Recovery, or to inquire about whether rides are available in your area call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
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