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Volunteer chauffeurs assist breast cancer patients

After steering her way past the obstacles of breast cancer treatment, the survivor Barb Thomas is now volunteering to actually drive others affected by the disease to treatment centers in support of breast cancer prevention.

Under the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program, the 56-year-old success story has spent the last 18 months or so, escorting breast cancer patients from their homes to medical appointments, the Independent Florida Alligator reports.

The program has been a relief to many cancer patients who are too fatigued or physically unable to drive themselves for treatment. In addition, the drive gives patients a little time to form bonds.

"Family members or friends that have not gone through cancer may not completely understand it, so it's nice to have other survivors with you," Thomas told the news source.

Margaret Shaw, a representative for a local chapter of the American Cancer Society said that 30 volunteers have joined the Road to Recovery program in Alachua County, though the organization is looking for about 100 drivers to serve the area and its nine surrounding counties.

The American Cancer Society has more than 3 million active volunteers, nationwide.
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