Drivers had to take cancer patients to doctor’s appointments

Road to Recovery is in desperate need of drivers.

SAN ANTONIO — Going to the doctor isn’t always a walk in the park when you have a debilitating disease. But there’s a program that helps cancer patients get to appointments, and now they need your help.

It’s the American Cancer Society’s road to recovery. The program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who don’t have a lift or are unable to drive themselves.

“I’m amazed at how simple a small gesture is, you know, to help someone. And it means a lot to them,” said Bill Sego who is from New Braunfels. He has just been involved in Road to Recovery and says it was a no-brainer.

“It’s so simple to do, you know, is take them ten minutes in the car, wait 45 minutes and take them home. I mean, it’s more complicated nowadays to get a pizza,” Sego said.

Road to Recovery is so important because barriers are reason No. 1 for missed cancer appointments. Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. And family and friends can help, but they may not always have the time or financial means to provide every step. Sego added, “An hour of my time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.”

To qualify for Road to Recovery you must have a good driving record, a valid driver’s license, access to a safe and reliable vehicle, proof of adequate automobile insurance, and complete an American Cancer Society education course.

Sego, who recently moved here from Indiana, says San Antonio is the perfect city for this lifesaving program. “The whole area, the San Antonio area, is so bountiful, so bountiful,” he told us.

To find out if you’re eligible for a ride or for more information on becoming a volunteer, click here.

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