Livestrong launches transportation program for cancer patients

The Livestrong Foundation has launched a program that gives Travis County cancer patients free rides to and from medical appointments.

The Livestrong Transportation Program needs volunteers to provide rides for cancer patients who sign up for the program, said Doug Ulman, Livestrong Foundation president and CEO, during a Jan. 8 news conference. Volunteers with a valid driver's license, car insurance coverage and a good driving record can sign up at www.livestrong.org/givearide.

"There are hundreds of [cancer] survivors in this community who need this service," Ulman said.

After being diagnosed with cancer on her birthday, Cecile Hollyfield said she had a hard time getting a reliable ride for her chemotherapy appointments. She said the Livestrong Transportation Program is a relief and called on volunteers to sign up.

"This is a way you can interact with the community and offer a fantastic service as well," she said.

Car2Go, the Seton Shivers Center and Faith in Action Caregivers have partnered with Livestrong for the program.