Cancer Patient Relies on Good Neighbors to Get to Appointments

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

WAYNESBORO, Va -- Patti Brown, a breast cancer patient, is feeling the effects of chemotherapy every day. She goes to several appointments miles away from where she lives. Brown said doctors found her cancer during a routine mammogram appointment.

“The chemo makes me very sick, and so I would not trust myself to drive there,” said Brown.

That was where Bonnie Marks, a breast cancer survivor, helps. She volunteers with a program called, “Road to Recovery” that drives patients to appointments.

“You get so much out of it. I'm racking up points in Heaven, I think,” said Marks.

The Road to Recovery program has about 13 drivers in Augusta County, but only nine of those people live in the county. That is why American Cancer Society leaders are trying to recruit good neighbors to help.

Brown and Marks have bonded over cancer and the routine of appointments.

“It's like you're going with a friend so you're not going alone,” said Brown. “It comes from the heart. It's in their spirit, and it's really good to meet people like Bonnie. She tells me her story and it's like, yeah, there's hope for me.”

The two women are connected by cancer and the miles they spend on the road fighting the disease together.

“Just since I've had this experience with cancer I've met so many good people. It restores your faith in people. There are a lot of good people out there looking to help.”

Brown hoped to be one of those people after her treatment ends in May.

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