Patients with cancer who are undergoing treatment frequently require transportation getting to and from facilities, often creating a financial and logistical burden. The American Cancer Society has awarded a transportation grant to the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital to help provide access to care and treatment.
“Some of our patients don’t have access to transportation or are too fatigued or sick to drive themselves,” said Chris Hoffman, executive director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This grant will allow us to assist those patients in getting to and from treatment.”
To help patients access the critical care they need, American Cancer Society community transportation grants are awarded at a local level to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations. These grants are available in select communities through an application process and focus on addressing unmet transportation needs of cancer patients, particularly vulnerable populations experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.
Mary Lough, representative from the North Central Region of the American Cancer Society said, “The Society collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer and limited or no access to transportation because even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”
For additional information about the American Cancer Society’s transportation programs or to become a volunteer driver, call 1.800.227.2345.