American Cancer Society partnering with Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center to expand program

REED CITY — For cancer patients, sometimes one of the hardest parts of receiving treatment is getting to and from the appointment.

To ensure patients get to those much-needed treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery program. Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society volunteer-based program that provides transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments. Volunteer drivers transport patients from their home to cancer treatment centers, doctor visits and other cancer-related appointments.

Lack of transportation often leaves cancer patients with few options for completing their treatment schedules. Many patients need daily or weekly treatments over a period of months and have no way to get there. Road to Recovery provides transportation options for patients in this situation. Right now, the American Cancer Society is working with Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center to recruit volunteer drivers and coordinators from Osceola and its surrounding counties to help drive cancer patients to and from their treatment. All volunteers need is a few hours during the week and a desire to make a difference.

“A ride to treatment can literally make a lifesaving difference to cancer patients undergoing treatment in our community,” said Ann Moenke, health systems manager for the American Cancer Society. “Road to Recovery is a very simple, but important, program that we offer that not only helps people with cancer, but can be extremely rewarding for the selfless volunteers who drive. You may literally be giving someone the ride of their life.”

Local community members who are interested in volunteering for the Road to Recovery program should contact the American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.