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Volunteer program helps get cancer patients to treatment

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Gennie English (Credit: KMOV) Gennie English (Credit: KMOV)

Gennie English wouldn’t know what to do without her volunteer driver, David Sterling. 

“If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be able to get to some of my treatments.” said English.

English was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and goes to Siteman Cancer Center for treatment five days a week.  Her car is broken and can only beg her friends to take her so often.  That’s where the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program comes in. 

Volunteers like Sterling come to the patient’s house and takes them to their treatment – then take them back home.

“Gennie said she’ll take taxis sometimes but I’ve had one person who said it was 60 bucks to take a taxi just to get there.  So every time she had to go (for treatment) it was $120,” said Sterling.

Sterling has been volunteering in the program for six years and loves helping others.  English and Sterling have even become friends during the process.

“David and I have kind of hit it off because we’re both prior military,” said English. “We both have cancer in our history.  It makes it easier because it doesn’t make it seem like I’m driving with a complete stranger in the car.”

The American Cancer Society has 17 active drivers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area but wants 20 or even 30 more.  There are needs everywhere – St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, St. Clair County.

For information on how you can get involved in the Road to Recovery program call 1-800-227-2345.

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