Throughout your treatment, you may need help getting around. Below are many of the resources available to you.
American Cancer Society volunteers provide free transportation during the hours of 9am and 4:30pm based on the availability of drivers. Call (616) 364-6121 for Kent County and (877) 499-4673 for Ottawa and Muskegon counties.
American Red Cross volunteers provide free transportation in Kent County only. One week advanced notice must be given and 3pm is the cut-off time for the trip home. To schedule a trip, call (616) 456-8661.
American Taxi Cab of West Michigan is always open and offers a 10% discount to those 65 and older. To request a pickup, call (616) 776-7272.
Senior Neighbors in Kent County provide Go-bus and city bus tickets at reduced rates for those 65 and older. For more information, call (616) 459-6019.
Georgetown Seniors will assist Ottawa County senior citizens to get transportation to Kent County. There is a $10.00 charge and the ride must start in Ottawa County. For more information, call (616) 457-1170 and speak with Julie.
Angel Flight Central provides air transportation to patients who could not otherwise afford it and are in dire need of transport. Private pilots donate their time, small (4-seat) planes and fuel. Planning a trip requires at least a seven-day notice, and trips are restricted to 350 miles per pilot. To contact Angel Flight Central, visit www.angelflightcentral.org or call (888) 426-2643.
Corporate Angel Network provides free flights to cancer patients through a network of corporate jets. When seats are available on the corporate jets, cancer patients can fly along, regardless of financial need. Patients must be ambulatory, and no portable oxygen is accepted. To contact Corporate Angel Network, visit www.corpangelnetwork.org or call (914) 328-1313.
National Patient Travel Center also provides information about free or discounted flights to those with medical and financial needs. Flights are dependent upon pilot availability and destination. To contact National Patient Travel Center, visit www.patienttravel.org or call (800) 296-1217.
Wings Of Mercy, located in Holland, Michigan, provides free air transportation for people with limited financial means who need treatment at distant medical facilities. To learn more, visit www.wingsofmercy.org or call (888) 786-3729.
Also note: When arranging your own commercial flights, be sure to ask for “medical fares”—they could mean a discount of up to 50%. Also, advise your airline of the need for wheelchairs or oxygen.