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American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program lacking volunteers

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Not being able to make it to treatment is a scary situation for any cancer patient. That's the case for some Central Texan's who rely on American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program.

"As a cancer survivor, the Lord gave me a second chance and I wanted to give back the first opportunity that I could do that," said Nancy Drexler, a volunteer for Road to Recovery. 

Drexler once walked in the shoes of millions of cancer patients. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, but overcame it. Now, she's battling with ovarian cancer, however that doesn't keep her from volunteering. 

"It gives me an opportunity to give back because getting a second chance, and in my case getting a third chance to reach out to others is extremely important," said Drexler.

Drexler has been driving patients for six years. It's something she loves and enjoys doing.

"They are just so grateful. There has not been one person that I had taken to whatever the treatment was, they just kept thanking me and thanking me," Drexler said. 

The program is in need of help. There are 300-500 cancer patients in Central Texas who rely on the Road to Recovery program, but only a handful of volunteers. That number doesn't include the patients who need a ride everyday for treatment. 

Tiffany Compton, the Community Manager of Health Initiatives at the American Cancer Society believes the economy is to blame.

"We used to, about three years ago, we had 20 drivers here in McLennan County and it was a great pool of people because we have such a great need for these drivers," Compton said. 

Recently, the center has been noticing more patients coming in.

"We look at those numbers, and try to help with the programs," said Compton. "So, there has been an increase in all the counties in cancer incidents."

Compton is optimistic about the future of Road to Recovery, and is confident about getting new volunteers. But, Drexler has her own way of recruiting.

"A lot of folks say to me, 'when I get better, I want to help', and I said, 'well I got just the thing for you,'" said Drexler.

If you would like to volunteer for the Road to Recovery program, you can reach out by calling at (254)753-0807 or 1(800)227-2345. Also, more information at cancer.org

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