One less worry – transportation services
Boyd Moorcroft, of Ontario, has gotten to know a lot of cancer patients during his time as a volunteer driver with the Canadian Cancer Society. He has been driving people to and from appointments since 1985.
"Well, I guess I enjoy meeting people. And you do meet all kinds of people because cancer doesn't have any favourites. It gets the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the males, the females and just everybody," Boyd says.
After all these years, one patient continues to stand out in Boyd's mind: a baby he drove to leukemia treatments. That baby has grown into a teenager who works part time at the grocery store where Boyd often shops.
"I see him quite regularly in there. Watching him grow up over the last 16 or 17 years has had the most effect on me," Boyd says.
We know that getting to treatment appointments can be a big source of stress for patients and caregivers. That's why the Canadian Cancer Society operates a volunteer transportation program in many provinces and territories.
If you're a patient or caregiver, learn more about support services available where you live or call 1-888-939-3333.
Do you have a car and want to help? Read more about how you can fight back as a volunteer driver or call 1-888-939-3333.