Cancer survivors receive a lift on the Road to Recovery

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By: Ben Kaplan
January 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Navigating the streets of Tallahassee can be a nightmare, dealing with traffic while driving to and from work, or just trying to get an errand done.

Now, imagine doing it after an hours long chemo treatment.

But thanks to a service offered by the American Cancer Society and aided by proceeds from Relay for Life, you don't have to. Help is just a phone call away.

Mike Dunn has traveled plenty of roads in his 30 plus years in Tallahassee, but it's on drives like these he helps others navigate the most difficult ones.

"It's not just running around town and going to the store or going shopping and on a trip for yourself. You're doing something for somebody else," Dunn says.

Helping them fight cancer. For the past two years, Dunn has volunteered for Road to Recovery.

A couple times a week, he takes patients to and from their treatments.

"A gentleman and I drove last year had survived Katrina and was a contractor in New Orleans. He was a rabid Saints fan. So we would talk football every Monday," Dunn recalls.

Dunn not only volunteers his time, but his car and his gas.
He knows what it feels like to travel this road because he's done it himself.

"In 2002, I was on Active Duty after 9-11 and was diagnosed with leukemia. A year later, my wife contracted cancer. She went through her summer of chemotherapy and she's in remission as well. So, we're both blessed and for us, there are no bad days," Dunn says.

Delores Hall relies on people like Dunn. She's been battling breast cancer for three years now.

"I'm sorry, I apologize. There is no word for it. I know how I feel in my heart right now, but there is no word to express adequately how much I appreciate this program," Hall says.

Her two sons live in Tallahassee, but they have jobs and families.
When they can't be there, Hall says people she doesn't even know step in.

"When I get done with the appointment, and I get downstairs and they are down there waiting, Oh, there you are, and there's a smile. You know our own friends, when we take longer then we tell them, you said three hours, but I never get that from these people," Hall says.

Someday, it might be Dunn at Hall's door. And, he'll be ready to help drive her further down her road to recovery.

In the Big Bend, Road to Recovery provides between 2,700 and 3,000 rides each year to cancer survivors in need of rides.

The toll-free number is 1-800-227-2345. You can also find out about many more of the services ACS offers.

Here’s the link if you’d like to volunteer: http://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery-volunteers

Here’s the link to the Leon/Havana Relay for Life Event. WCTV’s Ben Kaplan is the event chair: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17FL?pg=entry&fr_id=81641




 
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