They provide transportation to and from those treatments to people with cancer who can’t drive themselves, and there are currently 13 trained Road to Recovery trained volunteers in Trigg County, said volunteer Dannye Wagner, who is also a co-chair for the county’s Relay for Life.
“Volunteers will take them wherever they need to go, whether it’s to Paducah or Murray or wherever,” Wagner said. “People in our community must go a distance because we don’t actually have a treatment center here.”
Wagner said she and fellow Relay co-chair Pat Board are both registered with the program, which gained a Trigg County chapter this past August. Training volunteers for Road to Recovery was talked about at the last Relay For Life, and then they decided it was time to have volunteers for the program.
“We’re really pleased that we got so many people to volunteer, because our community is small,” Wagner said. “It’s just a very volunteer-driven community. We didn’t want to have a burden one or two people.”
Drivers must have a valid driver license, a good driving history and a reliable vehicle, and they must be in good health, said Wagner, who added that being a volunteer for the program involves taking a few hours to go through a training program that the ACS provides. A background check on volunteers is also provided, she said.
“We do have several on the list right now that are interesting in receiving the training, and we get a few more then we will have another training session,” Wagner said.
Patients that want to participate in the program must live in Trigg County, must be ambulatory, must wear seatbelts throughout the ride and must be truly in need of transportation assistance, and transportation is only for cancer-related appointments, Wagner said. The Road to Recovery program, Wagner said, is important because transportation is a problem for many cancer patients, although they aren’t the only ones that benefit, since volunteers also benefit as they are making a difference in the community.
Those who want to schedule a ride should call the ACS at 1-800-227-2345 or the Paducah office at 2270-444-0384. Wagner said calls should be made a soon as possible so that the ACS can contact a volunteer before the appointment, and that each time a ride is needed the same procedure is followed. She added that the ACS contacts volunteer drivers directly.
Those would like to become a volunteer should contact Wagner at 270-924-5738 or the ACS at the above 800 number.