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Lyft rolling out free rides to Houstonians battling cancer

Lyft rolling out free rides to Houstonians battling cancer

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houstonians headed to facilities such as MD Anderson can now get a free ride.  Photo courtesy of MD Anderson

Houstonians dealing with cancer are painfully aware of the transportation challenges that treatment presents. Between exhausting, draining medical procedures and often out-of-the-way medical facilities, locals find themselves battling the disease on multiple fronts.

Now, Lyft and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to offer some relief by offering free rides to Houstonians receiving treatment. Patients who are need of transport to and from treatment can use Lyft’s Concierge tool to request those rides as part of the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program.

The program is already running in Las Vegas and Miami, and is being rolled out here and in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

“Lack of transportation remains one of the biggest roadblocks to receiving high-quality cancer care,” said Dan D'Armond, executive director at the American Cancer Society, in a statement. D'Armond added that the goal is to provide more cancer patients “with access to potentially life saving treatments.”

Houstonians interested in the free Lyft program can visit the official site or call 800-227-2345.