Topeka (WIBW) - The American Cancer Society is looking for people in Shawnee County who can drive cancer patients to and from treatment.
It's called the 'Road to Recovery' program. The hours are flexible and free training is offered.
Jill Sittenauer of the ACS Topeka office says drivers must have a valid drivers license and a working vehicle. Drivers volunteer their time, vehicle and fuel, however Sittenauer says those who've done it find it a rewarding experience. She says they often develop relationships with patients and see them through their treatments.
Sittenauer says the program is important because cancer treatments can be very time-consuming. Patients often must go several times a week or month, for several hours at a time. Even if they have family members, they often can't take all the time away from work to provide the transporation. In addition, patients usually aren't advised to drive themselves because of how the treatment might impact them.
More than 900 people in Shawnee County will be told they have cancer just this year.
People who would like to volunteer to become a driver, should contact the American Cancer Society at 785-273-4462.