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Transportation program a godsend for young family fighting cancer

The McCarty family from left to right: Garnet and Carisa, Chase, Xander and Liam.

Carisa McCarty's son Chase was just 22 months old when he was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, in 2008. That was bad enough. But less than a year later, her 7-month-old son Xander was diagnosed with the same disease.

The London, Ontario family turned to the Canadian Cancer Society for help. In many provinces, the Society provides assistance to thousands of families who must travel to treatment centres in order to receive life-saving treatment for their children.

"The financial pressures were staggering but the Transportation Assistance Program was a godsend," says Carisa. "It made the cost of gas one less thing we had to worry about."

Today, Chase and Xander are healthy, happy and active boys. However, they still must attend almost 200 medical appointments each year as they deal with chemotherapy-related side effects.

Carisa appreciates the help her family receives. "The Canadian Cancer Society is there when you're starting out on the cancer journey but the important thing is that they're still there during the rehabilitation stage. The Society understands that cancer doesn't end for children once it's gone."

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.