Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare offers gas cards to those patients identified by the Regional Cancer Center who need assistance.

Judy Moore, Cancer Coordinator, who started the cancer program at MCCH 15 years ago says one of the biggest needs they’ve seen is transportation, even for those right here in our town.

“Our goal this year is to improve transportation needs for our cancer patients,” she said.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital diagnosis approximately 275-300 diagnosis a year with 47% of the patients coming from Calloway County, many of which do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves to treatment.

The cancer program at MCCH is looking for additional ways to make sure the transportation needs of their cancer patients are covered. In addition to the gas cards provided by the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare to patients in need of assistance, Linda Cavitt, Director of the Infusion Center is working with PATS (Paducah Area Transit System) and Calloway Transit Authority to have tickets available for their bus service. Moore also works with the ACS and is encouraging volunteers to sign up for their transportation program to help cancer patients in Calloway County.

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer and serves Calloway County and the surrounding counties. Volunteers can arrange their own schedules and work from any location that is convenient for them after completing the 1 ½ hour training. Qualified volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance.

To find out how you can make an investment in good health, contact Keith Travis, Chief Philanthropy Officer to make a donation for the gas card program, at 270.762.1908 or Judy Moore, Cancer Coordinator, at 270.762.1166 if you’re interested in volunteering to drive cancer patients to and from their appointments.

In 2008, Murray-Calloway County Hospital created the Murray Calloway Endowment for Healthcare to improve the quality, access and affordability of healthcare in our region. Its purpose is to advance the mission and vision of your public, not-for-profit hospital.