PIKE & WAYNE- Many people make resolutions as the New Year approaches; one resolution could be to help others. One way you can help is by becoming an American Cancer Society Road to Recovery volunteer. Drivers are urgently in Pike and Monroe counties.

Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isnít lack of treatment. Itís lack of transportation. Many people may not realize it, but there are often patients in Luzerne County, Lackawanna, Monroe, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike County who have to get to a scheduled treatment but for a variety of reasons cannot get there on their own.

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to and from medical treatment appointments for people who are in active treatment for a cancer diagnosis (currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation) who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. This important program depends upon volunteers who donate their time to help others affected by cancer.

They need additional drivers for the Road to Recovery program in all counties, whether you live in the city or in the country, we need your help! Volunteer drivers need to have a valid PA driverís license, a good driving record, a reliable vehicle; proof of insurance, complete a background check and driver check and attend a brief orientation program (takes less than an hour).

Hours of driving are flexible and rides are typically provided Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can restrict availability to only a certain day(s) of the week or a half day or whatever amount of time they can. You can drive your vehicle or an ACS vehicle, where available.

"It is more than a ride," comments Jennifer Washney, Mission Delivery Specialist for the American Cancer Society. "Many of our volunteers have been touched by cancer in some way, either a family member or friend, or they are cancer survivors themselves. They are special people who want to give back and help others. We need more people to step up the Ďwheelí and help."

If you are interested, please call 570-562-9749 extension 320. In order to meet the needs of our patients we will be scheduling volunteer driver orientation sessions once we hear from interested drivers in January. Please call or email Washney at

Jennifer.washney@cancer.org to indicate your interest in becoming a Road to Recovery volunteer. Please indicate the region or county where you would like to drive and provide your contact information, as well.