Lyft Partners with American Cancer Society in the Battle Against Cancer
Lyft Las Vegas will serve as the official rideshare partner for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Las Vegas, providing free rides to and from doctor’s appointments for those receiving cancer treatments and donating to ACS programs throughout June.
Nearly 14,000 people in Nevada are battling cancer and finding rides to and from treatment can be challenging as some patients are too ill to drive or don’t have friends or family who can give rides during business hours.
Beginning in June, ACS will utilize Lyft’s Concierge tool, enabling ACS to request a Lyft ride through a web platform for cancer patients to and from their treatment. A portion of this partnership to provide free rides is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Paul Lanfranchi and The Lanfranchi Center Facial Surgery & Rejuvenation.
In addition, Lyft is getting the word out to the Las Vegas community about ACS’ “Road To Recovery” program, which connects volunteers with a personal vehicle to patients so they can access the critical care they need without additional stress.
“For people with cancer, getting to their scheduled treatment is often one of their top concerns,” said Allison Copening, chair of the American Cancer Society’s Las Vegas board. “This patient service is badly needed and made possible by community-minded people such as our local Lyft drivers. We thank them for their support and willingness to communicate this opportunity to become ‘Road To Recovery’ volunteer drivers and Dr. Lanfranchi for his generous support with ‘TLC Lift for Life’.”
“While I was battling cancer, I needed rides to treatments 15 miles away, three times a week,” said Curtis Walker, a local Lyft driver. “Lyft gave me an opportunity to make money in a way that didn’t completely exhaust me after I was cancer-free and I’m thrilled to be able to help others who have shared my same struggle.”
Passengers can help make a difference in the battle against cancer as well. New users that enter code ‘ACSVEGAS’ in the Lyft app will receive up to $20 in free ride credit and Lyft will make a $10 donation to ACS for each code used.
“Cancer affects so many people around us,” said Yacob Girma, Lyft Las Vegas general manager. “Lyft is driven by a mission to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community, and through this partnership with American Cancer Society, we’re able to drive transformative change. Every driver and passenger has what it takes to help save lives.”
To sign up for Lyft, visit lyft.com/invite/ACSVEGAS. For more information and to sign up for the program, call the ACS at 800-227-234.
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 300 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.