American Cancer Society and Envoy America team up to help cancer - Tucson News Now

American Cancer Society and Envoy America team up to help cancer patients

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program and Envoy America have teamed up to help provide rides to cancer patients. 

Envoy America is an Arizona based ride share company that just expanded services to Tucson. 

Sharon Auld-Beamer said she started using Envoy America for rides to her treatment about two weeks ago. 

Auld-Beamer was diagnosed with breast cancer around Thanksgiving last year. Since then, she's undergone surgery and is now receiving radiation treatment five days a week. 

With her husband and family's busy schedule, she said she relied on calling taxis to get to and from the hospital when she first started treatment. 

"When schedules were set up for me for my treatment to begin, I sort of anticipated because this was going to be every day transport. I kind of anticipated I might have an issue," Auld-Beamer said. "I was just overcome by everything. Because my anxiety was so high and I was worried about a lot of stuff." 

A couple of weeks ago, the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program and their partnership with Envoy America came to the rescue. They've teamed up to give people like Auld-Beamer a worry free trip from their home to the hospital. 

"A driver is going to be waiting for them the minute they're done with their treatment. They're going to take them to the car, help them walk to the car, help them walk to their home. If they need to make a stop at a pharmacy or a grocery store, they're going to do it.," K.C. Kanaan, the CEO and co-founder of Envoy America. 

The rides are provided for free and are meant to give people one less thing to worry about as they continue to get back on their feet. 

"They've given me that extra little support that has made me feel really comfortable," Auld-Beamer said. 

Drivers like Tiago Cruz play a part in helping riders feel comfortable during their trips. 

"Whatever it is, I want to be their borrowed son for the day or for the hours that they need me and help them with whatever they need," Cruz said. 

For more information, visit www.envoyamerica.com

For more information about the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program , visit: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/road-to-recovery.html

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