Road to Recovery Program In Need of Volunteers
Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, but not having transportation to your treatment appointments. Every day, patients in our area miss potentially life-saving cancer treatment appointments because they cannot afford transportation or are too ill to drive themselves.
High Point Medical Center’s Hayworth Cancer Center partners with The American Cancer Society to support the Road to Recovery program. Road to Recovery provides free transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
“Many advances have been made in the fight against cancer. As a result, more people than ever can survive their personal battle with the disease,” said Janet Forrest, Director of the Oncology Service Line at High Point Medical Center.
“Unfortunately, when cancer patients do not have the means to actually get to and from their treatment facility, what stands between them and a cure may be a ride.”
The Road to Recovery program is faced with the classic supply/demand problem - how to satisfy increasing demand for services with a fixed or decreasing supply of volunteers. There has been a 344 percent increase in demand for Road to Recovery transportation services in the last 20 years and a 46 percent increase in the last 10 years. We anticipate demand to continue to grow over the next 20 years. The 60 and older population will increase by 32 percent, and the population over 85 will increase by nearly 90 percent. Our mobile society means that many families are geographically dispersed and not able to help each other on a daily basis. The movement toward outpatient treatment and away from hospitalization is also contributing to the increased demand for transportation services. The supply of drivers has not kept up with the tremendous growth and demand.
You can help patients access potentially life-saving cancer treatments by volunteering to drive them to and from local treatment centers. 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 and they must complete a brief online training. 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.
To volunteer, please call the Contact Center at (336) 878-6888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.