American Cancer Society seeking volunteers in Muscogee County

(WTVM) - Can you give the gift of a lift? Every day, many Muscogee County cancer patients need assistance getting to their life-saving medical treatment, and you can help.

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers and coordinators for its Road to Recovery program, which provides free transportation to those battling cancer. An informational meeting on Road To Recovery is scheduled at the Society's Columbus office on Tuesday, September 30.

There are two sessions available during the meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the Road To Recovery program – from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register for a session, please call Ashley Josey at (706) 324-4573 or email her at

"This year, nearly 48,000 Georgia residents will be diagnosed with cancer," says Bill Tustin, executive director, John B Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Regional Health.  "They will find themselves needing chemotherapy, radiation or other medical care, and many of them won't be able to get treatment on their own. Some may not own a vehicle, they may feel too ill to operate one, or their friends and family live too far away and can't help out. Some cannot afford the gas or do not have access to public transportation. There can be many barriers to treatment. Road To Recovery provides the help patients need to ensure that they get to their regular cancer treatment."

Following the 30- to 40-minute information sessions about Road To Recovery, new volunteers can immediately complete their paperwork and a one-hour training.

Volunteer drivers must be 18 years of age or older, hold a valid driver's license with a good driving record, and own an insured vehicle that is in good working condition. Volunteers can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows.

"Being a Road To Recovery driver is so rewarding," says Fred Brown, a Road To Recovery volunteer driver. "I know that many of the patients I drive are having a very tough time. This is a way I can help. I can give them a good ride. And they all thank you profusely when you drop them off. They are so grateful for the service. It makes you feel good."

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate 100 years of service, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit