Just $25 can provide a cancer patient with a ride to potential life-saving treatment.
For many cancer patients, getting to and from treatment is the greatest barrier in beating the disease. Transportation is consistently named alongside financial assistance as first or second in importance of non-medical needs. Even the best treatment can't work if a patient can't get there.
What is the transportation barrier in ALABAMA?
• Birmingham is one of the top cities in the nation with a total of 5,190 cancer patients traveling more than 40 miles to the city for treatment each year. In addition to transportation, many of these patients will also need hotel/lodging assistance, according to the National Cancer Date Base.
• In 2018, the Society provided 4,542 rides to 238 cancer patients in Alabama. However, if more resources were available, an additional 1,850 requested patient rides could have been provided based on unmet needs.
How can more transportation services be provided for cancer patients in Alabama?
The American Cancer Society is seeking to raise a minimum of $111,000 to expand transportation services in Alabama.
Your financial support would help to:
• Establish one (1) Vendor Program in Alabama (Mobile).
• Establish nine to twelve (9-12) Community Transportation Grants Programs with health systems or organizations in Alabama to provide transportation services to patients.
How does the American Cancer Society help with transportation for cancer patients?
Road to Recovery Volunteer Program
American Cancer Society volunteers for the Road to Recovery program provide rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments for patients who otherwise might not be able to get there. If you or someone you love needs a ride, we can help. In some locations, the American Cancer Society owns vans that are used by Road to Recovery drivers to transport patients. For more information about the Road to Recovery program or how to volunteer, visit cancer.org/roadtorecovery.
Community Transportation Grants Program
Funds awarded by the American Cancer Society to community organizations or health systems to help cancer patients keep their cancer-related treatment appointments. These are competitive grants awarded through an application process.
The American Cancer Society contracts and coordinates with privately-owned transportation companies to provide transportation services to cancer patients.
The American Cancer Society can help connect cancer patients with hundreds of community resources around the country that provide transportation services. This can be accessed by calling 1-800-227-2345 or visiting cancer.org.
By working with the American Cancer Society, you can help:
• Patients have fewer barriers to completing their treatment and receiving follow-up care, resulting in better health outcomes and lower-term costs to the health system.
• Patients feel fully supported and empowered by a system that helps them overcome challenges faced during and after treatment.
• Reduce medical staff time spent on finding transportation resources and increase time supporting patients.
Thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society!