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Volunteers Needed to Drive Cancer Patients to Treatment: “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there."

Feb 25, 2018 08:26PM

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers to support its Road to Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to receive treatment in Yonkers and lower Westchester.

This year, an estimated 110,800 New Yorkers will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some, simply getting to treatments is their biggest roadblock, says Maribel Palacios-Perez, program manager at the American Cancer Society.

“Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there,” she says. “A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. Every day we have cancer patients in need of a ride to and from their treatments across Westchester County. That’s why volunteering for our Road To Recovery program is so important.”

Locally, the greatest need is for drivers who can pick up patients at their home and take them to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Harrison, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York-Presbyterian/ Lawrence in Bronxville, St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, Westmed Medical Group in Rye, White Plains Hospital in White Plains, Phelps Hospital- Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow, New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Croton and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

To learn more about volunteering for the Road To Recovery program, visit Cancer.org/road.

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