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American Cancer Society, Mirabito donation will help UHS Oncology patients

February 12, 2024

The American Cancer Society and Mirabito Energy Products have teamed up to donate $7,000 in gasoline cards to UHS Oncology for use by patients.

Lack of transportation can be one of the greatest barriers to receiving timely treatment and quality cancer care. Millions of Americans delay or have difficulty getting needed medical care each year due to a lack of available and affordable transportation to treatment.

To help ease that burden in our region, Mirabito used funds from a golf tournament the company sponsored to purchase the cards to assist patients and relieve some of the financial burden for many.

“The Mirabito Team is committed to making a positive impact in our communities for those in need and that, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, resulted in the idea to provide gas cards for UHS Oncology patients,” said Lindsay Meehan, Mirabito Energy Products. “Access to the quality care that UHS provides is critically important and if we can help in this way we are honored to do so.”

To address these transportation issues, UHS also partners with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, which removes transportation barriers to cancer treatment by providing people facing cancer with free rides to treatment and other medical appointments.

Volunteer drivers donate their time (as little as one hour a week) and the use of their personal vehicles to give patients the free rides.

The program currently has four drivers in the Greater Binghamton area and has already provided 39 rides in 2024!  More drivers are always welcome.

Give a ride:  If you can be driver, sign up now to become the lifeline enabling a patient to get to their appointments. You’ll get a pick-me-up feeling in return! Training is provided. To volunteer in your community or for more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org/drive.

Get a ride:  If you are a patient in need of transportation to a cancer-related medical appointment, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org/transportation. Trained volunteer drivers will pick you up, take you to your appointment and drop you back at home when you’re finished, at no cost to you.