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SURREY, BC.

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.

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Picture Credit: Orrie Babiuk.  Pictured from left to right, George McAffer, Larry Coleman and, George Garrett

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society held its 4th Annual Meeting Saturday, March 7th at the Cloverdale Legion.

The meeting was attended by 70 volunteer drivers, dispatchers and board members. President Bob Smith welcomed members with a message of gratitude for the many hours of volunteer time and service they provide along with generous financial support.

Lower Mainland, BC – An increasingly essential resource across the Lower Mainland, not-for-profit Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS) is proudly celebrating a landmark anniversary Saturday, February 29. Since its formation in 2016, the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society’s 200+ drivers and dispatchers have provided upwards of 55,688 free rides to cancer patients in need, driving a combined 1,640,287 kilometres. Entering their fifth year, this entirely volunteer-run service looks to continue to alleviate the stress on cancer patients across the Lower Mainland and to keep up with ever-growing demand. 

A British Columbia volunteer organization that provides free rides to cancer patients in the Lower Mainland has been awarded a significant grant from the R. Howard Webster Foundation, based in Montreal. A 5-year award was given to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, formed in 2016 to fulfill a need created when the Canadian Cancer Society cancelled its free transportation program.

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On behalf of the Women With Cancer Connecting, we were so honoured to be able to help the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society by raising funds through hosting the Vancouver Groove Orchestra's Big Band Christmas concert in December.

TownshipOfLangleyFirefighters

There is quite a compassionate story behind a $1,000 donation we have just received from the Township of Langley Firefighters It is made in memory of long time community worker and businesswoman Debbie Froese, who died of cancer on January 9th. Debbie was a key person in the family business, J.D. Turkey Farms. Her husband Jack Froese is the mayor of Langley Township. First Responders work hard to support local charities, making a difference in people's lives above and beyond the call of duty. Firefighters and police officers formed an honour guard at her memorial service.  This is the second donation from Langley Township Firefighters. 

Captain Keven Snowden (left), George Garrett and Firefighter Nick Short.

Thank you for all you do for the community of Langley! This is what was said over their Facebook page.

Yesterday, we presented George, from Volunteer Cancer Drivers, with a cheque for $1000. George is one of the founders of the society which started 5 years ago when driving services in the area were no longer available. They help compensate the volunteers for the fuel they use to drive and 22% is donated back to the society from its own volunteers. Many drivers are out 5 days a week. We made this donation in honour of Debbie Froese

Posted by Township of Langley Firefighters' Charities on Thursday, January 30, 2020

PortMoodyFirefighters

The Port Moody Firefighters Charitable Society can be seen here presenting George Garrett and Larry Coleman with a cheque for $1000. We would like to express our gratitude as these firefighters are regular contributors to our society. First Responders work hard to support local charities, making a difference in people's lives above and beyond. Thank you for all you do and Thank You for supporting us from the beginning!

EnvisionFinancial

News Release – July 31, 2019
SURREY, BC

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has just been awarded its largest single-year grant since its inception three years ago.

A $20,000 grant has been awarded by the Envision Financial Community Endowment and First West Foundation. Executive Director Susan Byrom says the award is in recognition of the work done by a volunteer-based organization. She said...

On a scorcher of a day in Langley, our Volunteers helped line up the cars for a wash to raise money. There could not have been a better day than this one to play with water. 

Langley Chrysler Car Wash

On behalf of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society we would like to thank:

Cancer patients at BC Cancer-Surrey can now celebrate the completion of their radiation treatment by ringing a special bell. Imagine the feeling for those who fought and beat cancer ringing the bell of hope echoing through the air.

This bell was donated by the family of the late Garnie Bull, who passed away from cancer in 2014, the bell is mounted on a beautiful burl ready to be wrung.

The inscription reads:

Ring the bell, three times well, my treatment’s done, the course is run, and I am on my way

BC Cancer Surrey

Among those in attendance at the dedication of the bell were radiation therapists Cherie Taylor, Julie Nager and Katie Chartrand. It was the first day of service of one of our new volunteer cancer drivers, Doug Revell of South Surrey.

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