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Volunteer drivers help cancer patients

Craig Andrews with his wife.

Travelling to treatment appointments can create stress for cancer patients and caregivers. That's why the Canadian Cancer Society designed a volunteer transportation program in most provinces and territories as a way to help patients and their families. In Newfoundland and Labrador, dedicated volunteers like Aubrey Bonnell and Craig Andrews generously donate their time to drive patients to appointments.

Aubrey started volunteering as a driver in 2011 after losing his wife to cancer. He remembers taking a patient to the supermarket and waiting to take him home. The man passed away that evening but his family was so grateful to Aubrey for helping him. "It made me so proud to be doing the work I do as a volunteer," Aubrey says.

Craig, a cancer survivor, has been known to take days off from work to help patients get to their medical appointments. He is also a facilitator of a cancer support group, using his own cancer journey as an inspiration for others.

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.