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Road to Recovery an important program

To the Times of Ti: Road to Recovery is one of the signature programs of the American Cancer Society. Road to Recovery is a service where volunteer drivers provide cancer patients with transportation to their scheduled treatments. Many patients need daily or weekly treatments over a period of months and it can be a hardship on their family or friends to provide all the transportation needed. This service has been provided in our area out of our ACS office in Loudonville for some time now. However, our local Board of Directors, which includes area oncologists, feel that there is a great need locally and not all those needs are being met. We are now trying to get up and running this program out of our Queensbury office. Right now we are recruiting volunteers so that we have a pool of drivers covering a wide geographic area. The local ACS office covers Warren/Washington/Essex/Clinton and Northern Saratoga counties. There especially is a need for drivers who live in outlying areas and would be willing to drive to outlying the CRWood Cancer Center in Glens Falls or Saratoga Cancer Center in Saratoga Springs. We are appealing for drivers and also want to make area cancer patients aware that this service is available. Rides are limited to cancer patients going to scheduled treatments at either Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, or the oncologists office. This is a curb-to-curb service. Patients must be ambulatory and be able to get in and out of the car independently. If assistance is needed to get from their home to the car and from the car to the treatment facility, a friend or family member must accompany them. There is no need for a physicians referral for this service. It is free but requires advanced notice. This service is offered for patients who have not been able to find rides from friends, family members, Social Services, Office of the Aging, etc. and have exhausted other possibilities. Since we rely on volunteers, there is no guarantee that Road to Recovery can provide transportation. Volunteer drivers receive a one-hour orientation and a drivers handbook. Drivers must have a clean driving record and provide a copy of automobile insurance. Drivers donate their time and use of their personal vehicles, but can do errands when waiting for the cancer patients to receive treatment. Volunteers can indicate days and times that they are available and also the geographic area that they will cover. The Town of Schroon Lions Club has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to provide transportation for cancer patients who live in and near Schroon Lake. To volunteer or to arrange for rides, either call Audrey Shaw, Community Outreach Coordinator, at the Queensbury American Society Office at 792-5377, or Don Sharlan of the Lions Club at 532-7991. Don Sharlan, Schroon Lake Lions Club, American Cancer Society

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