Lyft and the American Cancer Society announced a collaboration that will help patients get to their cancer treatments (Photo courtesy of Lyft).
For the nearly 14,000 Nevada residents diagnosed with cancer this year alone, finding rides to and from scheduled treatments is a challenge. Some patients are unable to drive because they are too ill to drive or they don’t have family members or friends who can provide regular assistance with transportation. This is where volunteers for Road To Recovery program can help meet the need.
The Lyft and American Cancer Society collaboration aims to help address these needs through the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program, which connects volunteer drivers with patients needing rides. Through the collaboration, ride sharing members are offered the opportunity to become trained Road To Recovery volunteers.
“This patient service is badly needed and made possible by community-minded people such as our local Lyft drivers”, said Allison Copening, Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Las Vegas Board.
“Beginning in June, ACS will utilize Lyft’s Concierge tool, which allows partners to request rides on behalf of a passenger through a web platform, to get patients in Las Vegas Lyft rides for their cancer treatment. A portion of this partnership to provide free rides is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Paul Lanfranchi and The Lanfranchi Center Facial Surgery & Rejuvenation,” said Tommy Hayes, Lyft Manager for Policy Partnerships.
“We thank Lyft for their support and willingness to offer this volunteer opportunity to their drivers to support our Road To Recovery program,” said Copening.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. They’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.