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Chatham Co. Drivers Needed To Help Cancer Patients

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More than one million people in the United States get cancer each year and you have the ability to make the process easier.

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help drive patients to and from their treatments in our area.

"To be able to go in a private car out to the J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion each day was just a blessing," said Floyd Morris.

Floyd Morris is now in remission from leukemia. His old volunteer driver, Dave Wilson, still keeps in touch with him.

"Through all that time I was blessed with not having to worry about my ride coming because like clockwork Dave or the others who were assigned were here," said Morris.

Dave Wilson and his wife Karen are drivers for the Road to Recovery Program.  They both say it is such a rewarding experience.

"Some people have to go daily for radiation others have to go for chemo. It's just a lot for a patient to deal with, and you just see the relief with some people that it's not something they have to worry about now," said Karen Wilson.

Taking some of that stress off a cancer patient's shoulders means a lot to Dave Wilson who used to be one himself.

"Something small like getting a ride to your cancer treatments, most people would think that's not a big deal but to someone that's diagnosed with cancer, everything like that is a big deal," said Wilson.

Amy Riesinger with the American Cancer Society said as long as your committed the program will work with your schedule.

"We have some patients that are going to radiation every day for four, five, six weeks, so some of these drivers get to know these patients on a real personal level," said Riesinger.

Morris said he instantly made a connection with his drivers and without their help he might not be in remission like he is today.

"Dave has never been a stranger. We've never been a stranger to one another, and he's probably one of the finest human beings I know," said Morris.

Requirements for volunteering for Road to Recovery include a good driving record, a valid driver's license, auto insurance, and a vehicle that is in good working condition. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older, and the Society conducts criminal background and DMV checks on drivers who apply for Road To Recovery.

If you would like to begin the process to become a volunteer you can click here: http://volunteertodrive.org/ or you can call 912-355-5196.

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