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Cancer society looking for a few good drivers
Road to Recovery program needs volunteers

DULUTH - The local American Cancer Society office continues to provide a service to patients despite a few bumps in the road.

The ACS's Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments, is in need of volunteer drivers.

"Without our service, many patients just can't get their treatment," said Linda Halbman, program coordinator. "Many are elderly ... they just don't have transportation. We've lost patients from lack of treatment, and that's sad."

Halbman has been in charge of the program since its inception eight years ago. She said she has 37 drivers, about 20 of whom are "steady" and able to work nearly full time.

The biggest problem she encounters, Halbman said, is logistics.

"We need drivers everywhere, but certain areas like Snellville and Lilburn, we really need drivers," she said.

In 2008, drivers made 692 trips, Halbman said. She said they had to turn away "at least 10" patients - one is too many.

"We're getting requests from the call center downtown we just can't fill," she said.

The only requirements are that volunteers be at least 18 years old, have a reliable vehicle and have a valid driver's license and insurance.

Those interested in volunteering should call 770-315-7934 or 770-814-0123, or e-mail Halbman at honeybee5122@bellsouth.net.

"It takes so little time to make a big difference in the life of a patient and help drive cancer from the face of the earth," Halbman said.