This year the American Cancer Society’s “Fund a Mission” will provide an amazing opportunity to support our Transportation efforts! These Transportation programs helps provide patients with much-needed transportation, which means rides to and from cancer-related treatment appointments. But in some areas, like here in the River Region, it simply cannot meet the needs. Working within the community, ACS offers a variety of transportation resources. That’s why a successful transportation assistance program can be tremendous asset, and that’s why it’s critical for all of us to play a role in helping save lives.
The Transportation programs are at the very heart of the Society’s work of removing barriers to quality health care by providing patients transportation.
More than 30,830 residents in Alabama will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and many of them will need our help to access the care they need. Patients who can't find a ride often delay treatment or skip it all together.
In 2019, we provided more than 18,202 rides to patients in the Alabama area through the Road to Recovery Program and the Community Transportation Grant program. We exhausted every available transportation resource, and we'll do the same this year. With additional funding resources we could serve even more patients.
Providing 18,202 rides in 2019 made a real difference for so many patients in Alabama and their loved ones. Unfortunately, there were many unmet requests for rides. And we want to meet every need that comes our way.
That's why the American Cancer Society is seeking to raise $130,000 to provide life-saving transportation services in Alabama through our Community Transportation Grant Program. At an average cost of $12 per one-way ride through our Community Transportation Grant Program, this would provide an estimated 12,500 rides
Last year the Society provided over 3,500 rides to patients in Alabama. In the River Region, we doubled the number of patients we were able to help secure rides, compared to just one year earlier. Some of this increase was a result of ACS providing transportation funding to the local cancer treatment facilities, such as the two $5,000 grants provided to Montgomery Cancer Center.
Please join this year’s “Fund a Need” supporting our Transportation programs and let’s move "FULL SPEED AHEAD"!
Margen Gadd Sr., Development Manager
8307 Crossland Loop
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
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