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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:49

In the spirit of giving

TOPSHAM Elwin Gay of Summerville, Massachusetts began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. He worked nights and drove during the day. He drove 33 years and put over 100,000 miles on his car saving lives.

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program became a national program in 1983 and is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Some treatments will not allow cancer patients to operate machinery, including a motor vehicle. Other patients do not have family members they can rely on for support or their family may simply not be able to take time away from work.

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