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Veterans Memorial Hospital Release (Waukon)

Road to Recovery Volunteers Ready to Transport Patients to their Treatments

Veterans Memorial Hospital Road to Recovery volunteers just attended a retraining with the American Cancer Society on Monday, June 30. These volunteers are available to assist cancer patients with transportation to their chemotherapy and radiation treatments that are performed outside of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The Road to Recovery Program is a service offered by the American Cancer Society in which volunteer drivers provide cancer patients rides to and from their appointments. Drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicle to help ensure that cancer patients get the treatments they need.

Road to Recovery volunteer driving requires no special skills or education - just a safe driving record, a valid drivers license, some free time, a vehicle in good working condition, and the desire to help. This volunteer opportunity is designed to be an easy and stress-free service for both patients and volunteers. Simple training sessions are provided to those who volunteer their time. The American Cancer Society maintains specific standards for the responsibilities of these drivers and provides the screening and training of them.

This is an important service because many patients need daily or weekly treatments over a period of months and may not feel well enough to drive themselves. Family and friends may be able to help, but there are many times when they are not and this service will fill those gaps.

Road to Recovery is the very essence of the American Cancer Society mission - people helping people overcome cancer. Road to Recovery volunteers provide an essential service because even the greatest medical advance is useless if patients can't get to treatment.

The American Cancer Society works within your schedule, you tell them what times are best for you, whether it is once a month or more frequently that you could be available.

For more information on the Road to Recovery Volunteer Training, please contact Becky Welper, RN, Chemotherapy Coordinator at Veterans Memorial Hospital, at 563-568-3411, Ext. 225, by June 26, or go to

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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