NASHVILLE - Some Tennessee cancer patients on treatment schedules lack transportation options to get to their appointments. They may not have a vehicle, can't afford the gas, or their friends and family can't take time off from work to help.
A volunteer said he is driven to help cancer patients and to "pay it forward." Dan Emerton drives cancer patients to their treatment appointments as part of the American Cancer Society's "Road to Recovery" volunteer program. He says the rewards for those who make the effort are priceless.
"You have a chance to help out your neighbors, and it's also that the patients themselves are very inspiring."
Emerton said he has made friends and met patients and staff who have inspired him on a number of different levels.
"A lot of them are friends and people that I've met, as well as the volunteer coordinators, who do an excellent job."
American Cancer Society Program Manager Katie Wilson said the Road to Recovery volunteer program needs more drivers.
"It's a huge help to us; it's a huge help to the patients. And drivers can know that they are truly helping us to save lives by doing this."
Wilson said drivers are needed in all areas for the Road to Recovery program.
The American Cancer Society estimates 10 to 20 percent of patients either cancel or postpone cancer treatments because they lack transportation or gas money, are too ill, or their friends and family can't take time off from work to help.
Volunteer drivers can sign up at cancer.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.