These Cancer Patients Needed a Ride. This Man Delivered.
When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, then it can seem like their entire world is turning upside down.
If they do not have a way to make it to their treatment appointments, it is easy for feelings of despair to start growing.
Zach Bolster decided that he could do something to help people after his mother died because of cancer in 2016. When he went to her chemotherapy appointment, he noticed that most of them were low-income, elderly, and didn’t have access to reliable transportation.
“It was infuriating to see people struggle just to get lifesaving treatment,” Bolster said. “I want to do something about it.”
ChemoCars Works with Uber and Lyft to Provide Free Rides
ChemoCars is a relatively simple concept. It provides qualifying cancer patients with a free on-demand ride to and from their treatment via Uber and Lyft.
The average cost of a ride they provide is $12. In 2017, the charity funded over 2,200 successful trips to help people receive the treatment they need.
“It makes me feel good to make a difference,” said Bolster. “It was unfair to see that not everyone had the same shot at beating cancer.”
ChemoCars operates on donations. Sponsors can pay for as many rides as they want through the charity’s website at https://chemocars.org. It is a life-changing experience for patients who need this service.
Bolster also honors his mother with this service. Every phone call that comes in asking for help dials his mother’s old cell phone number.
“I think she would be proud of what we’re doing,” said Bolster.