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Maui Cancer Patients Need Rides to Recovery

March 7, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Carol Hjelm is an American Cancer Society "Road to Recovery" volunteer driver from Lahaina who transports cancer patients to their life-saving treatments and medical appointments. Without her service, some patients would have no means to get to Central Maui for their chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Last year, volunteer drivers like Hjelm provided 131 rides for cancer patients on Maui.

There has been a rise in requests from West Maui, and as the number of cancer patients increases, the demand requires more volunteer drivers who can help patients who do not own a car, have family support or qualify for other local services, and may be too ill to take public transportation.

The American Cancer Society on Maui is seeking more volunteer drivers who can provide their own car, a valid driver's license and car insurance. Gas mileage reimbursement is available courtesy of the Pacific Cancer Foundation for all "Road to Recovery" volunteer drivers.

For a ride, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 any time of the day. To volunteer, call the Maui office at 244-5554.



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