For decades, the American Cancer Society has provided free transportation through its Road to Recovery volunteer program. Cancer treatment typically involves daily or weekly visits to medical facilities for radiation, chemotherapy, and follow-up appointments. This presents a serious challenge for cancer patients who do not drive, become too weak, or lack the resources to find other means to get to and from their treatments. If cancer patients miss treatment appointments, medical outcomes are jeopardized. In a nationwide study conducted by the American Cancer Socieity & the University of Washington, social workers named transportation as the number one non-medical need their patients have. In 2019, our Road to Recovery program nationwide provided more than 35,500 cancer patients 490,000 free rides to treatment related appointments.
Even the best treatment won't work if you cannot get there.