We are seeking donation of $5000 towards our Wheels of Hope transportation program. These funds will be used to recruit volunteer drivers, raise awareness about the program and ensure we can continue to cover the cost.
Imagine facing the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. Now imagine having to worry about how you will get back and forth to treatment. For 1 in 5 cancer patients in Ontario, transportation to treatment is just one of the many challenges they face.
Wheels of Hope is a critical transportation service offered by the Canadian Cancer Society for people who may have no other way of getting to lifesaving cancer treatment. We believe that patients face enough challenges on their cancer journey and that rides to treatment should simply not be one of them.
Over the past year, the SDG & Prescott Russell Canadian Cancer Society has invested more than $73,658 into the Wheels of Hope program to drive local cancer patients to lifesaving cancer treatment appointments.
The average cost in S.D.G. & Prescott Russell for transporting a patient to one treatment is $67.00. Typically, treatment will last seven weeks, requiring a minimum of 14 trips to treatment at a cost of $938.00 for the rides alone. We are proud to say that, annually we drive thousands of kilometers at NO COST (other than a registration fee), to our cancer patients and their escort for these vital trips.
Help your neighbours focus on getting well, not on how they will get to treatment.
Will you provide Wheels of Hope for local cancer patients today, so that they can get to their treatment tomorrow?
We anticipate the need for the program will increase each year due to an aging population and more advanced screening practices. Throughout the 2017-18 in SDG & Prescott Russell, volunteer drivers from the CCS drove 253,991 kilometers to provide safe rides to cancer-related appointments for 256 people diagnosed with cancer in our community.The service is critical for patients who have no access to public transit, or when alternative transportation, may be too expensive.
At the Canadian Cancer Society, we are committed to improving and saving lives. That’s why we are always looking for new ways to prevent cancer, find it early and treat it more successfully. It’s why we’re always ready to give people with cancer the help and support they need to lead more fulfilling lives.
We set ourselves apart from other cancer charities by taking a comprehensive approach against cancer. We are also the only national charity that supports all Canadians living with all cancers across the country.
Read more about us at: www.cancer.ca