Every day thousands of cancer patients need rides to and from cancer-related medical visits. This is a major challenge in many parts of our state. Three organizations are actively spearheading solutions to this growing transportation challenge.

The Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center is offering free transportation within a 20-mile radius of the Center’s 84th Street Omaha campus for individuals who need screening mammograms, active cancer treatment or follow-up visits with their physician. For more information, contact Peggy Jarrell at 402.354.4213 or Amy Milke at 402.354.5143.

As part of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their vehicles so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. If you or your loved one needs a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 to be matched with a volunteer, or click here to enter your zip code for programs in your area.

Cancer patients in Lincoln who don’t have access to transportation for treatment can now take part in the new Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program. The program started November 1, and is supported by its dedicated sponsors and Wear Yellow Ride, Fun Run & Walk participants. Click on the links for more information on this program that is also available to patients in Omaha.

Sarpy/Cass Health Department – Transportation assistance for women to access breast screening services in Sarpy and Cass Counties. The SCHD will work on increasing reach, enrollment, and access to Every Woman Matters by partnering with the Plattsmouth Senior Center, Intercultural Senior Center and Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging Rural Transportation. They hope to serve 45-50 women over the course of the year. The Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging Rural Transportation will work with SCHD to provide “transportation vouchers” to and from screening appointments for women enrolled in the EWM program and for women with significant cost barriers to accessing breast cancer screening.

If you would like to request a voucher or need more information, email Gbadero Yerokun-Houessou or call her at 402.537.6968. She will set up an in-person or telephone meeting to ask a few questions. After this preliminary meeting, she will issue voucher(s) for the number of trips needed and schedule appointment times.

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