Volunteers get behind the wheel to help cancer patients

Volunteers get behind the wheel to help cancer patients

Linda White had a series of chemotherapy treatments scheduled, but no way to get to the potentially life-saving appointments.

"I do not have any family in the area and I'm not really a person that likes to ask other people to inconvenience them," White says.  She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last August.

The Road to Recovery program was able to partner White with a volunteer driver.  The American Cancer Society program trains volunteers to transport patients both to and from their treatment appointments.

"I was really nervous and it just was so helpful to have somebody else thinking about where I was going," White says.  "My mind was so consumed with what could possibly happen because I really didn't know what to expect."

Health care professionals say a lack of transportation is common barrier to treatment.

"I would have to find a cab, and cab fares are expensive," Trident Breast Care Center Navigator Penny Fanning says.  "It was really difficult to find help and transportation for these patients."

Volunteer Chris Schaible has driven White twice to her appointments.  She says the travel time is just as gratifying to her, as it is to her passenger.

"It's just very rewarding," she says.  "It's a no-brainer."

The Road to Recovery program has 11 local volunteers and is expanding to serve more patients in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.  Interested volunteers can call (843) 744.1922 or 1-800-227-2345.

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