American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers

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WARREN — The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in Trumbull County who can help with the Road to Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to and from their treatment sites.

Road to Recovery drivers are responsible for picking up cancer patients at home and driving them to their treatment at the hospital, medical center or other sites. After treatment, they take the patients back home.

Some patients may not have friends or relatives in the area who can accommodate their transportation needs because they work and are unable to get a leave of absence.

“Some cancer patients become ill after treatment and prefer not to drive home because they are uncertain of what effects the treatment will have on them,” added Barb Barsch, coordinator of the Road to Recovery program in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

Those interested must attend a short training at the American Cancer Society office in Canfield. A valid Ohio driver’s license, a good driving record and proof of adequate auto insurance are necessary.

“We need volunteer drivers from all areas of the county,” Barsch added. “The more drivers available, the more we can help those in need.”

To learn more about the Road to Recovery program, call Beth Heinicke at (888) 227-6446, ext. 2102.

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