"Bill Ruppel clicked on his seatbelt, started up his silver Honda Element and began another shift as a much-needed volunteer driver.

‘At some point, we can all use a lift’: Help wanted in Surrey by fledgling Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society" As reported in the Surrey Now-Leader 

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Donation from North Vancouver Firefighters as featured in the North Shore News on May 25, 2017.

District of North Vancouver firefighters Steve Dapavo, David Johnson and Aaron Hoverd donated $1,000 to Garth Pinton and Sandy Branning of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society on May 22.

As shown in the North Shore News

Thank you to the Township of Langley for this generous funding. Your support of our free cancer patient transport program truly helps the people of your community.

"“We are grateful and very busy,” said society vice-president George Garrett. Region-wide volunteer program provided more than 300 rides for cancer patients during the month of October" The Surrey Now - Leader 

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Back on November 8th, the Peninsula Seniors Residence made a very generous donation to our cause - we are so grateful for their important support!

The new incarnation is called the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS), and it’s composed of the same people who volunteered with the cancer society, but they are now not affiliated with it.

“Here we are, we’ve got superb people that are dedicated and have all had experience with cancer patients. If you haven’t driven, you don’t understand the attachment we have with cancer patients.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Families fighting cancer need help beyond treatment. They need convenient, compassionate and affordable transportation. That’s why the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has been formed. Beginning February 29th cancer patients on the North Shore, in the Tri-cities, Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock will be offered free round trip transportation from their home to treatment facilities. A similar service was discontinued in October of last year, leaving patients without affordable transportation.

President Garth Pinton of the new Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society knows first hand the importance of free transportation. He was a volunteer driver in the previous program as were many others who have stepped up to volunteer in the newly-formed Society. Pinton recalls speaking with a mother whose son was receiving cancer treatment. She told him, “I was taking my son to the hospital so often. It really saved me money at a difficult time in my life.”

Now thanks to volunteer drivers willing to donate their time, cancer patients will once again have this invaluable service.

For information on how to register, to volunteer as a driver or provide financial support please call 604-515-5400 or visit www.volunteercancerdrivers.ca.

Contributions may be made at any branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).