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POSTED: August 13, 2014 3:00 p.m.

SAVANNAH — To ensure cancer patients get to treatments, the American Cancer Society provides free rides through its Road To Recovery program.
The society is looking for volunteer drivers in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties so that all patients have transportation when they need it. An estimated 47,000 Georgia residents will learn that they have cancer this year. However, getting to their scheduled treatment may be a challenge.
 “One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need anywhere from 20 to 30 trips to treatment in six weeks,” said Amy Riesinger, senior representative community engagement for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy might report for treatment weekly for up to a year. In many cases, a patient is driven to hospitals or clinics by relatives or friends, but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation.”
For more information or to volunteer, call 912-355-5196 or 1-800-ACS-2345 or go to cancer.org.

 

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