Radiation transportation program seeking donors today, year-round

La Pryor residents Octaviano Nino and Maria Nino.

The following was written by Sheri Rutledge, executive director of Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation.

Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation is participating in The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour day of giving that will take place from midnight to midnight on Thursday, May 4.

The purpose of this region-wide giving challenge is to increase public awareness of the impact local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges, bring nonprofits and donors together, expand the idea of online giving, connect people to the causes that move them the most and, of course, make giving fun. By turning giving into a shared region-wide experience, we can significantly impact the future of the region and collectively move our communities forward. The Big Give S.A. is based on other highly successful giving days hosted across the country.

The Big Give S.A. is part of the national day of giving called Give Local America, where more than 100 communities across the country are coming together on May 4.

Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation, a local nonprofit, was created after the close of Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s “Saving Lives Close to Home” capital campaign which raised over $5.4-million to build the Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center in Uvalde. This effort brought the first radiation therapy practice west of San Antonio and expanded specialty care for the residents of the region. The foundation’s mission is to help alleviate some of the financial burdens for cancer patients receiving radiation therapy associated with traveling to and from their daily treatments in our vast service region. Services are available to qualifying patients from the surrounding counties of Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala.

“We operate two vans that serve medically underserved, low to moderate income, insured and uninsured patients, said Sheri Rutledge, the foundation’s executive director. “Patients typically receive 30 radiation therapy treatments delivered daily over a six-week period. We do not want regional patients to make their cancer treatment decisions based upon the financial strain of transportation to Uvalde, the lack of reliable transportation and the hardship of family and friends to miss work to drive them to their treatments. A courtesy van service has met those needs.


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