Drivers needed to help chemotherapy patients

AMARILLO, TX - The American Cancer Society is asking for volunteers to help transport cancer patients to and from treatment.

"We want to make sure that they get to their treatment or cancer related appointment they have so they don't fall through the cracks and miss any necessary treatment, Terri Prescott with the American Cancer Society said.

With that mission came about a program called "Road to Recovery," a free transportation service for cancer patients here in the Panhandle.

But there's just one problem---Over the past few years, the center says they've seen a decline in volunteers.

"People are so busy now and are stretching themselves thin," she said. "We just need to get more people that have the time to be active through our program."

Putting in a little bit of time can go a long way, especially since patients receiving chemotherapy may need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to and from treatment in a six-week time period.

"We work with patients and their schedules and find volunteers that can help with that schedule," she said.

Volunteers are required to use their own personal vehicle for transportation and complete a 1-hour training course.

The next training session will be March 3 at the American Cancer Society office, 3915 Bell St.

For more information, call 806-353-4306.