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McLean County will see an estimated 1,050 new cancer cases this year. The impact of cancer not only takes an enormous toll on the health of patients and survivors, but also creates a tremendous financial impact on families. Transportation is one of the most significant contributing factors to these escalating indirect costs.

In 2019, 27 percent of patients treated at Community Cancer Center have needed transportation. Many patients don't own a vehicle, can't afford gas or are unable to access the available public transportation system. In many instances, patients may be too ill or elderly to drive.

Gaps in transportation often leave cancer patients unable to get to their scheduled treatments and appointments. Even with leading oncology physicians and cancer treatment options in Bloomington-Normal, the transportation needs of our patients can often lead to ineffective treatment plans, timing and scheduling.

The American Cancer Society is urgently seeking volunteer drivers willing to donate their passenger seat to transport cancer patients to and from their cancer-related treatments through the Road to Recovery program. The volunteer process is easy and the training is free. Finding dedicated volunteers who can help with this program is crucial to its success in helping cancer patients in our community without transportation.

If you are willing to volunteer for the program or know someone who might, call 800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/drive for information.

Joe Prosser,

Community Cancer Center

Lynn Fulton,

OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center

Colleen Kannady,

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center,

Advocate Eureka Hospital

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