Lyft Offers Free Rides for Cancer Patients
Did you know that Lyft offers free rides for cancer patients? Lyft, with the American Cancer Society, partnered to provide free rides for cancer patients to and from medical appointments. The program is currently available in Miami and Las Vegas. More major cities are being added, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Denver, St. Louis, and Atlanta.
Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to reserve your free Lyft ride!
Be sure to contact the American Cancer Society several days before your appointment date. If you do not live in one of the cities where Lyft is offering free rides, don’t worry. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program has partnerships with other transportation services and local volunteers in your area.
Transportation for Cancer Patients – Another Barrier to Treatment
Access to transportation for cancer patients can be a major barrier to receiving cancer treatment. When cancer patients don’t have a reliable ride to and from their medical appointments, they are likely to quit treatment. Many cancer patients, especially the elderly and low-income, are unable to drive or may not have access to a car. And public transit is not always available, especially in rural areas or in the suburbs.
For some procedures such as major surgeries to remove cancerous tumors, the hospital may advise a patient against driving themselves home. Not having access to transportation can be a matter of life or death. Patients need rides to chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and other necessary medical appointments.
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