News Release – July 31, 2019
SURREY, BC

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has just been awarded its largest single-year grant since its inception three years ago.

A $20,000 grant has been awarded by the Envision Financial Community Endowment and First West Foundation. Executive Director Susan Byrom says the award is in recognition of the work done by a volunteer-based organization. She said...

On a scorcher of a day in Langley, our Volunteers helped line up the cars for a wash to raise money. There could not have been a better day than this one to play with water. 

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On behalf of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society we would like to thank:

Cancer patients at BC Cancer-Surrey can now celebrate the completion of their radiation treatment by ringing a special bell. Imagine the feeling for those who fought and beat cancer ringing the bell of hope echoing through the air.

This bell was donated by the family of the late Garnie Bull, who passed away from cancer in 2014, the bell is mounted on a beautiful burl ready to be wrung.

The inscription reads:

Ring the bell, three times well, my treatment’s done, the course is run, and I am on my way

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Among those in attendance at the dedication of the bell were radiation therapists Cherie Taylor, Julie Nager and Katie Chartrand. It was the first day of service of one of our new volunteer cancer drivers, Doug Revell of South Surrey.

George Garrett has been named a “Paul Harris Fellow” by Rotary International.

Volunteer Driver and Rotarian for New Westminster, Rick Janssen, presented George this prestigious award during the New Westminster Rotary Club Dinner last month.

The Rotary website says the Paul Harris Fellowship is one of the highest honours Rotary gives to an individual in recognition of community service. Let's celebrate with George and give him a big round of congratulations.

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Shannon is pictured on the left with her daughter, Gabriela and event co-organizer and dear friend, Amanda. 

Shannon is a young mother with cancer.  She also has a very young daughter. Her family and friends are remarkably supportive and see to her transportation to appointments along with other assistance and moral support. 

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Donate to The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society in June and your donation automatically enters us to win $10,000!

Summer is a difficult time for us as gas prices skyrocket. Summer, Winter, Spring and fall cancer patients need to get to their medical appointments and treatments. Communities of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley relies on the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society free transportation service. Our need for financial support is more critical than ever.

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Recently two caring young grade seven students attending Southridge School in South Surrey decided to help cancer patients by raising money through a bottle drive.

Jade Geddes and Mya Gallant printed their own signs and promoted the event over two weeks raising $200 as a contribution to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society which provides free transportation for cancer patients throughout Surrey and many other communities on the Lower Mainland and in the Fraser Valley.

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President Bob Smith is pleased to announce the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has joined Rotary as part of its service to the community.

The VCDS has been granted corporate membership in the White Rock Rotary Club. One of many clubs throughout the region that have generously supported our mission to provide free transportation to cancer patients in several communities on the Lower Mainland and in the Fraser Valley.

President, Bob Smith.

Since February 2016 volunteers of our Society have responded to requests for assistance from patients in need of cancer treatments, entering into  2019, we are assisting patients with more than 800 appointments per month. The growth in requests for our services has been rapid and challenging.  It is given by caring people who see the Society’s request for support as a gift of service and time that neighbours give to one another.  All of the volunteers offer emotional support to patients and often have to be a good listener as patients struggle with the threat of a life-ending illness.  As a group, we are all touched by the health challenge of our patients particularly when they are tending to a young family and carrying the anxiety of their diagnosis. 

George and Garth are accepting $5000 in Chevron Gas Certificates from the representative from Parkland Fuel Corporation, Shannon Urquhart, Community Affairs Lead. They are generously committing to another $5,000 in gas certificates this year to help alleviate the cost of gas for our volunteer drivers. Thank you for your support!

 

We are incredibly honoured and grateful to be part of this event. Thank you for the nomination and for allowing our story to be told. Also to the donor matching the funds you are also amazing!

Congratulations to our Spring Event winner, Cancer Driver Society. Not only will they walk away with $10,000 for their organization, but we also have a donor matching tonight’s funds to be split between all three charities #GiveADamn

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