The American Cancer Society offers transportation, mentoring, emotional support, cosmetic kits and even wigs for patients fighting for their lives.

Through its all-volunteer-run Road To Recovery program, the American Cancer Society provides free transportation to and from treatment facilities, helping cancer patients receive the critical care they need. Pre-registration is required four days in advance of the need.

Female cancer patients experiencing appearance-related side effects from their treatment are encouraged to pre-register for one of the free, two-hour Look Good Feel Better workshops held in Santa Maria. Participants receive a complimentary cosmetics kit, and learn about hair, nail and skin care as it relates to cancer patients in treatment. Pre-registration is required three days in advance of the workshop.

The society provides one free wig per female cancer patient per year at its offices, 1540 W Branch St in Arroyo Grande, or 1432 Chapala St in Santa Barbara, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for an appointment.

Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients can receive one-on-one mentoring from a trained breast cancer survivor through the Society’s Reach To Recovery program.

To pre-register for programs, and for more information about all free services, call 800-227-2345. A live person will answer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Multiple languages can be accommodated.