“The phone is constantly ringing here in the office,” said American Cancer Society Community Coordinator Penny Lamb
By cancer patients who need rides.
“We don’t have enough volunteer drivers, which we are in desperate need of,” said Lamb.
Just in the Coastal Bend alone, there are almost 400 cancer patients who need a ride for treatment because they can’t drive themselves.
“They unfortunately don’t have the financial assistance, they are elderly, they are too ill to drive. They don’t have family or friends that can take them on a regular basis to their appointments,” Lamb said.
One of the volunteers is Pat Brown who drives Barbara Moses to her cancer treatments. Moses says she is so grateful to have a ride.
“I ride with American Cancer Society. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be able to come to my appointments and they need more volunteers,” said Moses.
“Oh, they definitely need more drivers. Yeah, these poor people they feel bad enough. They are hurting, they are in pain. The last thing they want to worry about is trying to get themselves to Corpus,” said Pat Brown, who drives Moses from Rockport for her appointments.
While you may not be able to cure cancer, you can certainly be a benefit foe a cancer patient who desperately needs your help.
For patients who are needing rides, the ACS wants you to remember to schedule your ride at least four days before your appointment.
For more information on how you can volunteer, call: 1-800-227-2345 or go to cancer.org/RoadToRecovery