Ken Adams, Founder of Your Ride Is Here:
"A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer which, requires a combination of chemotherapy and radiation treatment over an 8 week period. Eight chemo infusions and 39 radiation treatments to be exact. As you can imagine the treatment was grueling both physically and emotionally. I am fortunate to have an excellent family support group. So getting to and from treatment was never an issue. However, I was instructed at the beginning of my treatment, that making every appointment was critical to the success rate. Therefore, reliable transportation was one of the most important aspects of my life during those two months.
There were many days when I’d sit in the waiting room and watch patients come and go. Some rode the bus, some drove themselves, others used a taxi and the rest were with friends or loved ones. It became obvious that those without family or friends often spent quite a bit of time just trying to get to treatment. Personally, after being diagnosed with cancer, time became so valuable, it was hard to imagine an hour bus ride for a patient. Or for a patient waiting for a cab twice, since the taxi drivers rarely waited the 15-20 minutes it takes for a treatment.
Keep in mind Cancer is no rodeo. You can not simply pick yourself up and brush off the dust. Compounding your mental fatigue and frustration is the physically draining affect of radiation and chemotherapy. Let's not even talk about the unpredictable Texas weather! At the conclusion of each of my personal treatments, all I could think about was getting home...being warm….and doing this as soon as possible!
I discussed with my doctor, Dr. Dzuik, the one element, I took the most for granted, during my visits to Texas Oncology. My ability to get to a doctor's appointment. I have discovered there are no formal programs to cover costs associated with transportation to these medical treatments. I feel for those patients who are less fortunate then myself. For those cancer patients who do not have loved ones to drive them. Or for the ones who miss their treatment and risk not having the best success rates. I feel there has to be a way to reduce the wait times and eliminate the uncertainty of getting to each appointment.
This is why I started "Your Ride Is Here"
"It’s hard enough to get through cancer treatment…..you shouldn’t have to figure out how to get there."