Canadian Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers to transport patients to Central Alberta Cancer Centre

16 January 2014

Red Deer -

Cancer patients face many challenges, but getting to the treatment they need to survive shouldn’t be one of them.

That’s why the Canadian Cancer Society is asking the people of Red Deer and surrounding communities to volunteer their time and vehicles to ensure local patients always have a ride to and from treatment appointments at the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

“We are in the process of expanding our Volunteer Driver Program to Red Deer,” says Erica Bell, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. “Cancer patients who use this service in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge always tell us it’s their lifeline to treatment. They also rank the volunteer drivers right up there with their caregivers and doctors. They say these volunteers are crucial members of the team that’s helping them survive.”

The Society intends to start arranging safe, reliable and free transportation for local patients in early February but needs a minimum of 20 volunteer drivers to do so. The program will serve cancer patients living in Red Deer, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail.

These are long-term volunteer positions and drivers must have a reliable vehicle and be available at least one weekday per week. Volunteer drivers will be trained and are reimbursed for mileage.

“We’re asking the people of Red Deer and nearby communities to make a tremendous difference for cancer patients living in their community by becoming a volunteer driver today,” says Bell.

Please call 403-347-3662 or email volunteer@cancer.ab.ca if you’re interested in volunteering.

The Canadian Cancer Society currently offers its Wig Lending Program in Red Deer and provides financial assistance to patients who must travel out of town for treatment. To learn more about the Society’s many support programs, please visit cancer.ca.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Trotter

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 403-541-2339