Finding and paying for transportation can be an extreme burden for cancer patients trying to obtain treatment, and for that reason the Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation foundation fundraises year-round to provide an invaluable service.
The foundation provides 100-percent donor funded door-to-door transportation to qualifying radiation therapy patients to Clear Springs Center for Cancer Care. Two vans serve the surrounding counties of Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala.
Patients typically receive 30 radiation treatments delivered daily over six weeks. The foundation’s mission is to help alleviate financial burdens for patients associated with traveling to and from their daily treatments.
“It is amazing how something as simple as a van service eases financial and logistical worries and provides patients independence at a time when they are their most vulnerable,” said Sheri Rutledge, foundation executive director. “These are patients that cannot afford to drive to their daily appointments, don’t have access to transportation, or are fatigued, sick and often at risk of infection, making public transportation a risk. Donations fund the operation of two vans that transport them to their treatments in Uvalde.
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