PHOENIX — More than 30,000 Arizonans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and some may need to catch a ride to get treatment.
The American Cancer Society is hoping some Phoenicians will be able to help out.
“We really desperately need volunteers here in Phoenix,” Brittany Conklin, who runs the society’s volunteer driver program, said.
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program asks people to give up some of their time to transport cancer patients who need a lift.
“A Road to Recovery volunteer would offer up their time and the use of their vehicle to help take cancer patients to their potentially lifesaving treatment appointments,” Conklin said.
Conklin estimated that some patients may need to make as many as 30 trips over a six week period, while others may need to make one trip a week for as long as a year.
Drivers must be 18 or older and have a good driving record. They must also have a safe, reliable vehicle, a driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Drivers can arrange their own schedules and there is not required commitment for hours.
Conklin encouraged anyone interested to apply online.
“We only have 75 volunteer drivers right now and, when you’re looking at a city as massive as Phoenix, you know that’s not enough,” she said.
KTAR’s Martha Maurer contributed to this report.
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