Cancer Patients’ Road to Recovery Helped by Volunteers in Sault Ste. Marie

For nearly a decade now, an extremely vital service in the eastern Upper Peninsula has been providing transportation and hope to those who need chemotherapy treatments.

The Road to Recovery Program at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Sainte Marie is all volunteer and donation-based.

Patients are taken to Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, a two hour drive or so, for specialized care.

The program is in dire need of volunteers to drive the patients to Petoskey and back.

They leave 8:45 in the morning and return mid-afternoon.

Thursday only 20 drivers are taking on all the responsibility.

The hospital would like to have at least 30 on the list to drive.

Patients like Joe Green, who use the service, really appreciate those who help.

“I wish more people would volunteer and help everyone out,” he says. “We are all a family community here, and the hospital does a really good job with what they are doing so hopefully more people will volunteer.”

Green is so impressed with the service that he now wants to volunteer his time in driving other patients after his treatments are done.

If you live in the Soo area and can help, visit or call 906-635-4351.

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