SFU receives car for Road to Recovery

Courtesy photo Janet Ulmer of the American Cancer Society (center) delivers the vehicle to Saint Francis University master of cancer care students and faculty.

Cancer patients offered ride to treatments

LORETTO — Area cancer patients will now have access to free transportation to their treatment and rehabilitation appointments.

The American Cancer Society has partnered with Saint Francis University to become the only Road to Recovery Site in Cambria County.

The Road to Recovery program is nationwide and provides services in nearly every county in Pennsyl-vania.

A 2017 Kia Soul, donated to the American Cancer Society by CNB Bank, was delivered to the university last month.

“We are honored to receive this distinction and vehicle from the American Cancer Society,” said Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., university president.

“This will allow the university to continue our mission of service and will allow us to continue positively impacting the residents of our local community.”

Through the Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship, Saint Francis University provides clinical and educational services to rural cancer patients.

Jan Ulmer, senior manager of mission delivery for the ACS, said, “When we heard about Saint Francis University’s Center for Rural Cancer Survivor-ship, we asked if students in their master of cancer care program would like to volunteer as drivers. Saint Francis jumped at this opportunity to help cancer patients get to their appointments.”

“Our MSCC students are enthusiastic about this opportunity and are completing the ACS training necessary to transport local cancer patients,” said Stephen LoRusso, master of cancer care professor and co-founder of the Center

for Rural Cancer Survivorship.

The car will have a designated parking spot in the Upper Stokes lot and will be ready to use once volunteer drivers are certified.

The Road to Recovery Program is free with no income requirements.

Patients who would like transportation are to call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

“It doesn’t matter if they have a car or are capable of driving themselves, they still qualify for a ride,” Ulmer said.

“This program allows patients to save money and allows caregivers to continue working, as they wouldn’t have to take time off work to transport their loved ones.”