We have all heard the expression ‘there is no such thing as a free ride,’ but for one local cancer patient, a free ride is not just a nice gesture, it is a lifeline to life-saving treatment.
As Jenny Anchondo got to know one client, Terry Wright, she learned something we might take for granted, a ride to the doctor, is something that made Wright’s cancer treatable.
“One time I have to go to Wishard and one time IU and I was just worried to death about how I was going to get to all of my appointments,” said Wright.
Wright does not have a car. Without the lift, she might never make it to her bladder cancer treatments. Now, she is filled with hope.
“The driver’s are just wonderful,” said Wright. “They get out and open the door for you and everything, they’re just beautiful.”
A “Need-a-Lift” driver, who is hired by Little Red Door Cancer Agency, picks Wright up before and after each appointment.
Charles Mitchum is another client who let Fox59 come along.
Lymphoma transformed Mitchum’s life. Before cancer, he was a reading tutor and a nurse’s aide. Now he lives on a purely liquid diet and he cannot drive.
“It’s great, it is great,” said Mitchum about the rides. “I don’t know what I’d do without them.”
These two rides are just two of the almost 5,000 given to Central Indiana patients in 2011.
“That is one worry that I don’t have to worry about now,” said Wright. “That took a lot of stress off of me, knowing I had a way to my doctor’s appointments.”
Little Red Door’s transportation program is funded through unrestricted general operating funds, including general donations as well as restricted gifts from family foundations and grants.
However, the need is increasing. This year, the clients requesting rides from LRDCA have doubled. On average each client requires 22 trips.
If the current demand continues, Little Red Door will face a $100,000 dollar shortfall.
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