Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients to appointments at UHC

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to make sure cancer patients can get to their appointments.

The organization provides transportation for patients to and from appointments through the Road to Recovery program.

Drivers can create their own schedules and pick how far they drive. The American Cancer Society provides the free rides to and from United Hospital Center.

"Road To Recovery volunteers arrange their own schedules, with some volunteering as little as one afternoon a month and others driving patients as often as twice a week," said Mary Lough, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. "If you have a car and some spare time, you can help someone keep a very important appointment."

Terri Francis is the program manager for Mission Delivery.

"If you love to talk to people, if you care about making the world a better place, this is an easy way to volunteer," Francis said. "I have a lot of people say to me, 'I pick up patients, but I'm the one that gets the pick-me-up.'"

For information about the program, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org/drive.

More information is available for the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at UHC at wvcancercenter.org or 681-342-1842.