Volunteers are needed to help save the lives of fellow community members.

The American Cancer Society in Corry is seeking drivers to participate in its Road To Recovery program, a free transportation service for cancer patients to get to and from their treatments.

“We need drivers really bad,” said Lori Trisket, senior community cancer control specialist. “Right now we have six patients that go for treatment every single day.”

Anyone with a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and clean driving record may qualify as a volunteer. Drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients may receive the life-saving treatment they need.

Volunteers will be compensated for mileage, tolls and parking, and can set their own schedules. Frequent destinations include treatment facilities in Corry and Erie, and occasionally Warren, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland.

Drivers may transport patients once a week or once a month, or more if their schedule allows.

“Whatever days work for the driver is fine with us,” Trisket said.

Currently, the ACS Corry office has seven drivers. However, not all of those volunteers are available through the winter months.

“A lot of our drivers are snowbirds and they go to Florida for the winter,” Trisket said.

The process usually takes at least four hours, and patients must be picked up and dropped off at their homes.

A driver coordinator will assist with scheduling the rides.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to contact Trisket at the ACS Corry office at 664-7678 or e-mail her at lori.trisket@cancer.org.

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