Rideshare Company To Offer Free Rides for Patients in Miami

 Passengers Nationwide Can Now Donate a Portion of Ride Proceeds to the  American Cancer Society

Lyft began to serve as the official rideshare partner for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Miami, providing free rides to and from doctor’s appointments for those receiving cancer treatments and donating to ACS programs. through the end of October. Additionally, Lyft has added the American Cancer Society to its in-app feature Round-Up & Donate, allowing passengers across the country to support the American Cancer Society by riding with Lyft.

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Statistics Center, an estimated 124,740 residents in Florida will be diagnosed with cancer this year. For cancer patients, 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.

To request the rides, 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.

In addition, Lyft is getting the word out to the South Florida 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.

“The best treatment in the world can’t help someone if they can’t access it.”  said Megan Wessel, vice president, Regional Cancer Control of the American Cancer Society. “Access to care is a big problem in our country, therefore transportation programs and partnerships like the one we are launching with Lyft in Miami Dade County are vital for these patients to get the treatments they need and deserve.”

Through the month of October, Lyft passengers across the United States will be able to opt-in to have their fares rounded up to the nearest whole dollar and have that difference donated to the American Cancer society through Lyft’s in-app Round Up & Donate feature. Passengers can opt-in by selecting “Round Up & Donate” within “Settings” in the Lyft app. Simply turn it on once, and Lyft will automatically round up the passengers’ fare after each ride all month long, all for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per month.

“Lyft is driven by a mission to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community by offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation,” said Samuel Cohen, General Manager, Lyft Florida. “By partnering with the American Cancer Society, we’re able to help those who need transportation get to vital appointments while making a difference for those affected by cancer across the country through our Round Up & Donate feature.”

“After I was diagnosed with cancer, my friends and family weren’t able to take off time from their jobs, so I had to drive myself to and from my chemotherapy appointments,” said Josefina Maldonado, a Lyft driver in Miami. “I’m so passionate about Lyft’s new partnership with The American Cancer Society because I know firsthand the many difficulties patients face on the road to cancer recovery. One kind gesture can make a world of difference.”

To sign up for Lyft, visit lyft.com. For help with transportation to cancer treatment call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345. For more information on Road to Recovery see here.

ABOUT LYFT

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 to 95% of the US population. 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. Photos and b-roll can be downloaded from the Press Kit.

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.

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Media contacts:

RockOrange for Lyft Florida

305.731.2012

lyft@rockorange.com

 

For ACS:

VivianaMártir

786.608.4555

Viviana.martir@cancer.org