Volunteer Drivers Give Cancer Patients a 'Lift'


Thursday, June 30th 2011, 6:57 pm
By: News 9


Darren Brown, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A new program launched by the American Cancer Society is giving Oklahoma cancer patients a "lift."

Road to Recovery is a program launched by the American Cancer Society's Oklahoma office last January.  The program provides cancer patients transportation to and from their treatments.

Sharon Hunt, a driver for the Road to Recovery program since late January, feels an obligation to the patients.  She's been involved with the American Cancer Society since 2003, when as a high school teacher she was asked to help coordinate one of their fundraisers.  

"I had no clue that a Relay for Life was, but I said yes because I loved the student," Hunt said.  "Two weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer."

Hunt went through several surgeries and endured her own rounds of chemotherapy.  She's now recovered but empathizes with her passengers.

"They're people who need help," Hunt said.  "I know how they feel." 

Hunt drives for the Road to Recovery once a week.  Right now the program has less than ten drivers, but the ACS hopes to have more soon, as more cancer patients are diagnosed.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH THE ROAD TO RECOVERY PROGRAM, CONTACT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AT (405) 841-5825 OR VISIT www.cancer.org.