Myra Ford of Cloverdale is a former user of the Cancer Drivers' service

Cancer Drivers want to stay on the road

Volunteers who help cancer patients are back driving

A new service that drives cancer patients to their appointments is looking for funding so it can keep offering its service.

The Volunteer Cancer Driver Society was formed to replace a similar service discontinued by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Since its founding earlier this year, the society has covered 18,500 kilometres and 787 volunteer hours.

That’s meant costs of $5,938 in reimbursing the volunteer drivers for mileage – after a quarter of the costs were donated back to the society by volunteers.

Garrett and the other organizers of the society are looking for sponsors and other sources of funds to keep the project stable.

In the meantime, they will keep providing locals with rides.

Janet Forsythe is one of the Langley residents who has come to rely on the driving service.

Last August Forsythe, a Murrayville resident, had three nodules removed from her lungs. Now she’s waiting to hear when she’s scheduled for chemotherapy.

Her drives out to Abbotsford’s cancer clinic were disrupted in late January this year when someone stole her 1998 van from her home’s driveway.

The police found the vehicle in Surrey the next day.

“The ignition, I guess, had been toyed with. They had used bear spray to cover their tracks,” Forsythe said.

The bear spray, apparently used to cover up fingerprints, caused the damaged van to be listed as a write off.

Forsythe can’t afford a new car now, and is sharing her son’s car part of the time. But that can’t reliably get her to her doctor’s appointment’s in Abbotsford if he needs to get to work.

The doctor’s office told her about the newly re-started Cancer Drivers Society, and she called them.

“I much appreciate it,” she said.

The ride was useful, but she also had a nice chat with her most recent volunteer driver.

“I’m not used to having the door opened for me,” she said.

More information about the society can be found at


Just Posted

Everett pulls ahead in Western Conference standings over Vancouver Giants

Langley-based hockey G-Men, who lost 6-5 to Everett Saturday, now prepares to take on Victoria.

Langley Rams downed by Saskatoon Hilltops at Canadian Bowl

Four-time Canadian Junior Football League champions built up an insurmountable lead

VIDEO: Crash on 88 Avenue in Langley

At least one car suffered extensive damage

Extreme weather alert issued by Langley shelter

Gateway of Hope offers homeless warm place to sleep

VIDEO: Autographs with Hockey Hall of Fame member, Marcel Dionne

Marcel Dionne, as well as other NHL greats, have arrived to the Langley Events Centre for the 2018 Legends Weekend

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

1 woman dead, man in hospital after ‘suspicious’ crash: police

Homicide investigators and Burnaby RCMP are investigating the fatal collision

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

Most Read