VolunteerCancerDriversSociety

SURREY, BC.

CARE, COMPASSION CONTINUE FOR CANCER PATIENTS

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) temporarily suspended service March 17th on the advice of the BC Cancer Agency. The decision was made over concerns that drivers and patients would have been at risk. Most drivers are age 60 and over. Most patients are elderly. Some have a compromised immune system while under treatment for cancer.

While transportation service is suspended, care for patients continues. Out of deep concern for their welfare dispatchers at VCDS reached out to every patient to say hello and to find out how they were coping in this time of isolation. For many who are living alone dispatchers found that patients needed help with many things such as shopping, picking up prescriptions and getting to a bank. Many turned to family, friends and neighbours for rides to treatment. A few took advantage of taxi vouchers issued by the BC Cancer Agency.

Patients were delighted to have been called by dispatchers. Many had kind comments about volunteer drivers.

One said: “Your service was like a Godsend to me. I have always been impressed with your drivers.”

Another patient said, “I wanted to thank the last driver I had before your service was suspended. The driver came right into the hospital with me and sat by my side while I was waiting for treatment.”

VCDS co-founder and vice president George Garrett commended dispatchers for contacting every patient. He said, “We may not be able to provide patients with transportation for now but they are never far from our hearts.”

About the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society
The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is a free service that lessens the burdens of cancer patients in the Lower Mainland. Founded in 2016, and entirely volunteer-run, the Society drives patients who otherwise have no access to private transportation to and from treatment appointments, providing both essential support and peace-of-mind. Volunteers make more than 20,000 trips every year, in addition to supporting more than 20% of the Society’s overall annual budget by generously donating some of their vehicle expenses.

Areas served are North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Mission.

For media inquiries, please contact:

George Garrett 
george.g@volunteercancerdrivers(dot)ca

t: 604-591-3949   c: 604-961-1660

Media

Back in The Drivers Seat
Read Article | New West Record

VCDS Set to Resume Service
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Volunteer Driver-Harry Kroeker
Read Article | Langley Advance Times

Service To Resume
Watch Video | CTV News

Connecting with Patients
Read Article | North Shore News

No Rides for Tri-City Cancer Patients
Read Article | Tri-City News

Suspends Service Amid Pandemic
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Leap Year Birthday
Read Article | North Delta Reporter

City Of Delta $5,000 Grant
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Compassionate Citizens Help
Read Article | Surrey Cares Org

In memory of Debbie Froese
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Increase in Demand
Read Article | Tri-City News

Driver Helps Make Life Bearable 
Read Article-pg 17 | Langley Advance e-News
Read PDF Version | PDF

Christmas Dream Fulfilled
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Courage of Cancer Patient
Read Article-pg 13 | Cloverdale Reporter
Read PDF Version | PDF

Driver in retirement.
Read Article | Maple Ridge News

Raising money to cover costs
Video Interview | Langley Advance Times

Cloverdale’s Envision Financial
First West Foundation 
Read Article |Surrey Now Leader

Charity Car Washes...
Read Article | Langley Advance News

Students Bottle Drive Success
Interview | Surrey Now Leader

‘Intrepid reporter’ George Garrett reflects on CKNW’s 75-year history
Interview | Glowbal News

 George Garrett with Lynda Steele
Interview | CKNW

 Rising Costs; Increasing Demands
Read Article | The Province

An increasing need for more Punjabi and Hindi-speaking drivers
Read Article |
Surrey Now Leader

The John Daily Show
Listen | CKNW

Larry Coleman thoughtful interview.
Read Article | Tri-City News BC

Raising $8,000
Read Article | Surrey Now Leader

George Garrett with Simi Sara
Listen | Mornings with Simi