Road to Recovery image via American Cancer Society
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The American Cancer Society is giving special recognition to a group of volunteer drivers for their service in providing rides for cancer patients.
According to a release by the Society’s West Region chapter, Jan Walters of Fresno has given more than 1,100 rides and Tom Besmer of Clovis has given more than 600. Meanwhile, drivers James Friesen and Don Green of Clovis, and Marie Antoniou of Fresno have each given more than 300 rides to those in need.
“One of the toughest challenges cancer patients face is getting to and from treatment. Many patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford gas, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some may be too ill to drive, or have no family members who can help with all their transportation needs,” the release said. “And even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”
The West Region chapter of American Cancer Society, In. is located at 2222 W. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. It is currently seeking more volunteer drivers via the Road to Recovery program. All persons between the ages of 18 and 84 with a license, proof of insurance and a safe and working vehicle are invited to apply at 1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org/drive. Background checks for drivers will be conducted.