It is estimated at 9,550 Nebraskans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and getting every one of them to scheduled treatment is a big challenge. The American Cancer Society relies on volunteer drivers to help those with no vehicle or friends and family nearby to provide those rides.
Mission Delivery Specialist Christine Bleich says unfortunately there are more patients needing rides than volunteers to give them in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Bleich says so far this year volunteers have provided about 500 rides to cancer patients in the Omaha metro area but they had to turn down about 25 requests because their current drivers were unavailable.
She says volunteers need to have a valid license, insurance and a reliable vehicle. They also must pass a background check and complete their required training.
Bleich says the American Cancer Society also relies on volunteer drivers in and around Lancaster County, Columbus, Kearney, Hastings and Grand Island as well.
Anyone wanting more information can log on to cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.