HOW THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS BECAME ROAD TO RECOVERY DRIVERS, AND YOU CAN TOO!
Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.
Sogol Ashrafian, UCLA
There are so many programs that are so wonderful. But I chose Road to Recovery because it was the one that I qualified the most for while at UCLA. You can do it on all different days of the week so it fits in your schedule. I really liked that because as a college student your classes are so scattered. I really liked that flexibility. That way I could continue doing work with the American Cancer Society while not having a huge time burden. I could sit at Starbucks and study for the three four hours that it would take for their appointment, all the while knowing that I’m helping someone who really needs that ride. My grandmother is an ovarian cancer survivor, and I always grew up knowing what the American Cancer Society was. I grew up hearing cancer a lot. Essentially I was drawn in because of my family history, but what keeps me going is it is a community that is so united in hope. Talking about how you are feeling, what you are going through. It’s a very, very empowering community. You really can’t find it anywhere else. It’s a very unique opportunity to have a direct contact with the people you wanna help.
Kelly O'Donnel, University of Michigan
I’ve experienced cancer through the lens of many different relationships in my life. My cousin passed away at the age of 11 from brain cancer, as did my great aunt. Throughout my years in high school, 3 of my friends and classmates were diagnosed. It has become a reality to me that cancer doesn’t discriminate against anyone, across all walks of life, and that everyone deserves the chance to fight. I volunteer with Road to Recovery to enable patients to access treatment and have their fighting chance. It has been one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had, to have patients share their stories with me and to become a part of their recovery story. The strength and appreciation of my patients and their families every time I complete a drive is incredible, and continues to give me hope that by lending a helping hand we can all work to create a world with more survivors and more birthdays.