The Critical Need: Patient Transportation & Lodging in Georgia


Cancer is hard. Getting a ride to treatment shouldn’t be.

For many cancer patients, a ride is what stands between them and potentially lifesaving treatment. Cancer care often means frequent outpatient appointments, sometimes for days and weeks on end. It’s easy to exhaust personal resources for rides. That’s why the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatment. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help people find a ride when they need it most.

In 2019, we provided more than 50,000 rides to Georgia patients. Unfortunately, we couldn’t fulfill about 25,000 requests for rides. We want to meet every need that comes our way.


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The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program provides free lodging for cancer patients and their families that travel away from home for treatment. However, it is more than just a free place to sleep. It provides a safe, supportive, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through similar experiences. In addition to social interaction, the Lodge also offers resources to give patients and caregivers help including health and wellness programs. In fact, patients staying at a Hope Lodge have been found to have increased compliance with treatment protocols because of the practical and social support offered. Last year, the Atlanta Hope Lodge served 384 patients staying 17,535 nights. Together, we can continue to give hope a home right here in our backyard.


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