Road to Recovery, the program in which volunteers donate their time to drive people with cancer to see their doctor or to take treatments, is in desperate need of help.
“We need drivers to keep us going,” noted Barbara Cunningham, who has coordinated the program for years, but for the past few months was unable to fulfill her duties due to health problems of her own. "At one time, I had 22 drivers and each one would only drive one day a month if they wanted to. Some wanted to drive a certain person one day every week, but if they couldn’t drive the next week, they would let me know and I would get another driver for that day. We were known as the biggest Road to Recovery group around. Now we are out of drivers and need some wonderful people to join us to help the patients get where they need to go when.”
Road to Recovery, part of the American Cancer Society, will assist any cancer patient who needs help, but most often those benefitting from the program are individuals who have no family or friends nearby or no living family who can take them to their appointments.
Anyone with time, a working vehicle and willingness to help others can be utilized. Road to Recovery presents those who want to help but aren’t able to contribute monetarily an opportunity to do their part in the fight against cancer and to assist those battling the life-threatening disease.
“All these years, I never had the money for Relay For Life, but I could drive and transport people when they needed to go,” Cunningham said.
Those who do participate can be reimbursed part of the gas expense by keeping up for the miles driven each month.
For more information about Road to Recovery or to sign up to be a driver to help the program “get back on the road” stop by the their booth at Relay for Life, which begins at 7 p.m. tonight on the Sulphur Springs Middle School Track, or call Barbara Cunningham at 903-243-3716.
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