For many cancer patients in Central Jersey, lack of transportation is a formidable barrier to starting and completing recommended cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery® program relies on trained, compassionate volunteers to provide free rides to treatment, but there are currently not enough volunteers to meet demand.
A brand-new partnership with Axiom Healthcare Strategies in Princeton and a generous $25,000 donation will make it possible for the American Cancer Society to expand its services and provide hundreds more rides in Central Jersey, working with ride sharing services such as Lyft.
Located in Princeton, Axiom Healthcare Strategies is a think tank consulting firm focused on bringing innovation in oncology to patients through consulting work as well as our commitment to community.
“Axiom was founded with a vision to advance cancer care. Our partnership with the American Cancer Society marks the start of an ongoing commitment to improve patients’ access to treatment.” - Hafiz Sikder, Managing Principal, Axiom Healthcare Strategies
“New Jersey has some of the best cancer treatment centers in our region. But even the best cancer treatments can’t work if patients cannot get there,” said Kris Kim, executive vice president, American Cancer Society, “Thanks to the generosity of Axiom Healthcare Strategies, we will be able to lift this worry and burden from cancer patients and their families.”
“Imagine getting a cancer diagnosis, dealing with an overwhelming amount of medical information, and then struggling to get rides to 25 or 30 radiation treatments, for example. Delayed or missed cancer treatment means cancers will continue to grow. This partnership with Axiom Healthcare Strategies will eliminate one big roadblock to treatment and save more lives,” said Kim.
The American Cancer Society currently has nearly 10,000 Road To Recovery drivers nationally, but the need for drivers is greater than the number of volunteers. Volunteer drivers donate their time and can provide as many or as few rides as they want.
The American Cancer Society stands shoulder to shoulder with cancer patients and those supporting them, focused on improving patient access to quality care, including transportation.
For more information on Road to Recovery or for help with a cancer diagnosis any time of the day or night, call the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345 or live chat on cancer.org.
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