TransCare Helps Road to Recovery
Dutchess County Cancer Patients Get a Lift Through American Cancer Society, TransCare Partnership
Kingston, NY (February 2, 2011) – The American Cancer Society and TransCare, a medical transportation provider, have collaborated to strengthen the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program in Dutchess County. Through Road to Recovery, volunteer drivers transport cancer patients to and from cancer-related medical appointments, like chemotherapy and radiation, at doctors’ offices and other health care facilities.
“Transportation may seem basic, but it can be a major barrier to access to cancer treatment and is a key factor in cancer survival rates,” said Lillian Jones, American Cancer Society Regional Vice President. “TransCare is a leader in the medical transportation industry and we hope that this model can be replicated in other geographic areas.”
Nearly 10 TransCare supervisors have been trained as Road to Recovery drivers and will be using TransCare vehicles to bring patients to appointments. Additional TransCare employees are scheduled to receive training in the coming months.
“Transportation is our area of expertise, it’s what we do everyday, so partnering with the American Cancer Society to help get people to treatment is a natural fit,” said Rob Stuck, TransCare Vice President of Operations. “This relationship allows us to fulfill a vital need in the community, while making personal connections with and showing compassion for the people we serve.”
Road to Recovery drivers are needed in every county in the Hudson Valley. Through the program, volunteer drivers donate their time and resources to take patients to treatment and back home again. They also provide encouragement and support. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license for the state where they live. They must also have a safe, reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance. Volunteer drivers must have a good driving history and be in good health. Volunteer driver coordinators help schedule the rides.
For more information about the American Cancer Society-TransCare partnership and to learn how to become a Road to Recovery driver, please call 1-800-227-2345 or log onto www.cancer.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.