American Cancer Society
This year, almost 5,700 Montana men, women and youngsters will be diagnosed with cancer – many of them from Yellowstone County and the surrounding area. For those cancer patients, the diagnosis is just the first step in their road to recovery. They will be faced with a number of decisions, such as whether surgery is an option, what treatments are available, or how they will pay the mountain of bills that will surely arrive in the mail.
The last thing they need to worry about is how they are going to get to and from their cancer treatments.
That is why the American Cancer Society offers its Yellowstone County Road to Recovery program. The Yellowstone County Road to Recovery is a program where men and women volunteer their time and vehicle to supply rides to cancer patients in need of transportation to and from their treatments. Presently, the American Cancer Society is seeking additional volunteers to drive patients to Billings area cancer centers.
According to Britin Cross, Quality of Life manager for the American Cancer Society, in recent months an influx of patients have learned about the program and are now utilizing its services. While the success of the program is welcome, it is presently stretching the availability of the drivers.
“We are presently in need of volunteers to transport patients from the Laurel, Lockwood and Roundup areas,” says Cross. “It isn’t a great distance to drive, but for the patients who are feeling under the weather following their chemotherapy or radiation treatments, any ride they can get is nothing short of a gift from heaven.”
Volunteers are required to make at least one trip per month, but can volunteer for as many as they wish. The drivers are given a short training prior to making their first trip.