I have been a CST volunteer driver for more than 20 years. The people I drive are so grateful for the help. Sometimes I stay with them and keep them company while they are sitting in the waiting room. I talk to them and hold their hands. It’s been so rewarding for me. It’s wonderful to see how just having the ability to be there can help calm someone’s anxiety and make him/her feel a little better. When a family member of mine had cancer, I saw firsthand how important it was to have help, even from strangers.
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, a nurse from Cancer Support Team helped us get many things organized, including a referral to hospice when the time came. Now I'm involved with Cancer Support Team as a volunteer. I drive patients to and from radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Many of them are alone. We talk while we are in the car. I love getting to know them. It makes me feel as though I am really helping them get through an extremely difficult time.
I’ve been helping to drive CST patients to and from doctors’ appointments for about 4 years. CST had placed an ad in the newspaper looking for volunteer drivers, and I thought this sounded like something I could do. I really enjoy talking to the patients while we are in the car. They often have a lot on their minds. Because we are strangers, we can sometimes speak more freely to each other than we could with people we know and see all the time. I figure we all need help at one time or another. I know I sure did. This is a great way to lend assistance to people who really need it.