Cancer Treatment Driver
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American Cancer Society

Cancer Treatment Driver

You’ll drive cancer patients to and from their treatment appointments as a part of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to treatment, you’ll use your personal vehicle to give cancer patients a much-needed ride. Even the best treatment won’t work if a patient can’t get there!

When offered a driving shift through the Road to Recovery’s online system, you’ll see where the patient lives in Grand Rapids, where they are going, and the anticipated length of the appointment. For longer appointments, you’re not obligated to commit to both drop-off and pick-up. However, many treatment appointments (especially radiation) are brief, so you’d wait for the patient then give them a ride home when they’re done.

Show me how to get started
as you’re available; choose times and places that work for you
Good driving record; current valid driver’s license; access to a safe and reliable vehicle; proof of adequate auto insurance

Is This the Right Fit for Me?

You’re a good listener and compassionate towards people going through difficult circumstances. You can create a welcoming, hospitable space in your own car when a patient gets in. You have a natural sense about people that helps you have an idea about what patients want to talk and which ones don’t, depending on what season they are in. You can commit to the shifts you take, as a patient may miss their appointment if you don’t arrive.

About American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Its mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The American Cancer Society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients, and spreads the word about prevention.

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What Others are Saying

"I lost two people to cancer who were very important to me. It felt right to help people fight this disease by giving them rides to and from treatment. I would say a highlight is when I can make people laugh. It's the most fulfilling thing I've ever done."


Contact the Organization

If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the American Cancer Society directly.

Mindy Klein Program Manager, Mission Delivery 616-551-4066

What to Expect

Call the National Cancer Info Center at 1-800-227-2345 or complete an online application to get started. (If you have specific local questions, Mindy can assist you.) You’ll complete a one-hour online training, a background check, motor vehicle check, and complete some basic paperwork. Then Mindy will contact you with more local information.

You’ll also be trained on Service Match, an online coordination tool that will allow you to set your own schedule, how many miles you’re willing to drive, when you’re available, and how often you want to receive communication; a quick 30-minute training will get you started.