American Cancer Society: Road To Recovery

American Cancer Society: Road To Recovery


>>WELCOME BACK. SOME 24,000 HOUSTONIANS WILL LEARN THEY HAVE CANCER THIS YEAR, AND MANY WILL NEED HELP GETTING TO THEIR TREATMENTS. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IS HELPING WITH ITS ROAD TO HEALTH. LINDSEY IS HERE WITH US FROM THE CANCER SOCIETY. LET’S TALK B-WHAT IS ROAD TO RECOVERY?>>THE ROAD TO RECOVERY PROGRAM IS A FREE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT WE CAN PROVIDE TO CANCER PATIENTS TO GET THEM TO AND FROM THEIR TREATMENT AT A TIME WHEN THEY REALLY NEED IT MOST. THESE VOLUNTEERS VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AS WELL AS THEIR VEHICLE TO GET THESE PATIENTS TO AND FROM THEIR TREATMENTS.>>WHY IS THE PROGRAM SO IMPORTANT? I GUESS IT’S YOU’RE KIND OF TAKING ONE BURDEN OFF THE PATIENT’S SHOULDERS?>>ABSOLUTELY. ONE PATIENT RECEIVING RADIATION THERAPY MAY RECEIVE 20 TO 30 TREATMENTS OVER A SIX-WEEK TIME PERIOD. A CHEMOTHERAPY PATIENT RECEIVING CHEMOTHERAPY MAY RECEIVE WEEKLY TREATMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR, SO AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, GETTING TO THOSE TREATMENTS CAN BECOME A GREAT BARRIER FOR THESE PATIENTS, AND WHILE FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY BE ABLE TO HELP, OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, EITHER TIME CONSTRAINTS OR FINANCIAL BURDEN MAY CAUSE THESE PATIENTS TO NOT HAVE A RIDE OR TRANSPORTATION, AND ACCESS TO CARE IS A HUGE BURDEN ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, AND SO TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS LIKE ROAD TO RECOVERY ARE VITAL.>>HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED? FOLKS WANT TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND THEIR CARS TO DO THIS, HOW CAN THEY DO THAT?>>ABSOLUTELY. OUR ROAD TO RECOVERY VOLUNTEERS ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS PROGRAM. THEY ARE THE LIFE OF THE PROGRAM. TO BE A VOLUNTEER, THEY NEED TO BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 84. THEY NEED IT OFF A VALID DELIVERIES AS WELL AS ACCEPTABLE AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE AS WELL AS A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD. WE DO TRAIN THESE VOLUNTEERS TO BE ABLE TO OBVIOUSLY PROVIDE THE SUPPORT AND TREATMENT AS WELL AS TRANSPORTATION FOR THESE PATIENTS.>>AND THERE’S THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. CALL THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. WE WILL POST THIS INFORMATION FOR YOU AND A REPLAY OF THIS INTERVIEW ON-LINE ON OUR WEB SITE AT CLICK2HOUSTON.COM. IT WILL BE POSTED UNDER THE VIDEO TAB ON OUR HOME PAGE A LITTLE AFTER THE SHOW. THANKS FOR COMING.

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