WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's one thing to get a cancer diagnosis. It's another to consider the different treatment options. And even that's only part of it. Getting to the treatment is often a critical piece of the puzzle.
"Somebody has radiation, they do it for six weeks, every weekday, 30 rides to and from," Yona Bar-Zeev explained. "How many families do you know where the caretaker can take so much time off from work?"
Bar-zeev heads up the Road to Recovery program in New Hanover County.
There are 36 volunteers on standby every day to take someone to their cancer treatment.
"Chemotherapy or radiation, we pick them up at home take them to treatment and when they finish treatment, we take them back home," said Bar-Zeev.
The demand for the service in New Hanover County has more than tripled within a year.
"Last year for the whole year, they took four patients for 220 rides.In the first six months of this year, we handled 22 patients and 660 rides," Bar-Zeev said.
The program is sponsored by American Cancer Society.
While volunteers are asked to make a commitment, they are able to keep a flexible schedule by choosing the days and times they are available to help.
There is no cost to the cancer patient. The volunteers give of their time and money for gas.
If you would like to volunteer for the Road to Recovery program, or you're a cancer patient in need of assistance, click here.