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Aaron Diaz

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Lyft wants to do its part to alleviate these patients' stress, so they are serving as the official rideshare partner for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Miami this month, providing free rides to and from doctor's appointments for those receiving cancer treatment. Accessing free rides is easy with Lyft's web-based Concierge tool, which allows ACS to request rides for their patients through the Lyft platform. This is particularly useful for patients who may not have access to a smartphone. A requester simply inputs the passenger's name and pickup and drop-off location, and a Lyft driver will be matched to give the ride. But that's not the only way Lyft is helping cancer patients this month. For volunteers who visit ACS treatment centers, Lyft is making transportation easier than ever by getting the word out to the South Florida community about The American Cancer Society's "Road To Recovery" program. The program connects volunteers with a personal vehicle to patients so they can access the critical care they need without additional stress. Starting in October, Lyft passengers across the United States will be able to select the American Cancer Society as a charitable partner in Lyft's Round Up & Donate program, allowing passengers to have their fare rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference donated to ACS. Passengers can opt-in and select ACS 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, harnessing the power of its passenger and driver community to make a difference. "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," says Samuel Cohen, general manager of 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. Every driver and passenger has the opportunity to contribute." The American Cancer 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. Lyft wants to contribute to the cause in any way it can, and a part of that fight starts this month. By offering free, friendly transportation, we hope to give cancer patients the hope and encouragement they need to recover. Lyft is dedicated to making getting where you need to go as easy, comfortable, and gratifying as possible. By helping to alleviate stress from the lives of cancer patients, Lyft is working to create the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and connected. For more info visit:

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