Cancer society looking for volunteer drivers to take patients to cancer centre

Canadian Cancer Society is expanding its volunteer driver program to include Sylvan Lake.

Canadian Cancer Society is expanding its volunteer driver program to include Sylvan Lake.

The group intends to start arranging safe, reliable and free transportation for local patients but needs a minimum of 20 volunteer drivers to do so in the Red Deer region. It will serve cancer patients living in Red Deer, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail, said Erica Bell, volunteer engagement coordinator from the society’s Red Deer office.

“Cancer patients face many challenges, but getting to the treatment they need to survive shouldn’t be one of them,” she said in a media release.

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

These are long-term volunteer positions. 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.

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

The 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 many support programs, please visit www.cancer.ca.