Having witnessed family and friends battle cancer recently, I can say one thing: having cancer is hard. Finding help should not be. The American Cancer Society offers a number of services to help people with cancer and their families overcome obstacles in their personal cancer fight so they can focus on getting well.

Unfortunately, an estimated 25,000 Louisiana residents will learn they have cancer this year. One of the toughest challenges many of them will face is getting to and from their cancer treatments. They may be too sick to drive themselves, may not have a car, may not have someone to drive them or may not be able to afford gas or other transportation costs. The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program provides patients with free rides to treatment centers, and that is where my fellow citizens can help.

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in the Baton Rouge area who can use their own vehicles to drive patients who are undergoing cancer treatment to and from appointments. Interested volunteers can call (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org to find out more about this important program and how to get involved.

Dixon Wallace McMakin

attorney, The McMakin Law Firm

Baton Rouge