By LYNETTE SOWELL
Claudia Sedore remembers driving herself to physician appointments and coverings whereas her husband was deployed in Iraq.
She had had a double mastectomy because of breast cancer and drove herself to and from her appointments.
“I couldn’t get a driver, I had no help. Jack was in Iraq and my daughter was 12. I wasn’t allowed to drive, I was in pain. So I want to help the people who have no other options.”
In an effort to assist cancer patients in want, Sedore has been establishing volunteer drivers to make sure that native cancer patients in want, from Lampasas to Kempner, Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, and Nolanville have a protected, dependable experience to their appointments.
Initially she had began with breast cancer patients, stated she however branched out to assist these being handled for different kinds of cancer.
“Everybody that has cancer, goes through a horrible time. I don’t want concentrate on breast cancer. That is one pocket.”
Sedore stresses that the rideshare program is for patients in want, who can’t drive themselves.
“They can’t drive as a result of they’re older, they will’t drive as a result of they’re so sick, or they will’t drive as a result of they don’t personal a car.
“This is my plan sooner or later, I need to even assist with groceries ore drugs. But it does must be individuals who want the assistance.
Sedore now has a necessity for volunteer drivers who’re prepared and capable of transport patients to and from appointments, that are often in both Killeen or Temple.
Drivers should have a clear driving report and no DUIs, and use their very own automobiles.
Sedore will present fuel cash and in some instances, when funds can be found and relying on the state of affairs, compensation to the drivers for their time. Appointment occasions and places can range from affected person to affected person.
She presently has a thrift retailer arrange within the former location of Michele’s Floral & Gifts, with proceeds going towards funding the rideshare program. She additionally welcomes donations for the drivers.
During BraFest, held in October, Sedore stated the thought for ridesharing happened after speaking to Dr. Karen Harrison, who runs the Cove House Free Clinic not removed from the shop.
“I had requested her in the event that they want donations for ladies to get mammograms, however she stated that was coated,” Sedore stated. “But they have a lot of patients that are not able to drive out of health reasons, or age. Some cannot afford a car.”
Renate Reaves is considered one of Sedore’s latest volunteer drivers.
Reaves spent the day with one affected person lately, choosing her up at her residence at 6:30 a.m., getting her to Temple in time for her blood work within the lab at 7:30 a.m., adopted by two extra appointments after that, one at Metroplex Hospital and the opposite on the Baylor Scott & White Hemingway Building in Killeen.
“God bless her,” Reaves stated of the affected person, “she was at one clinic for two-and-a-half hours.”
For extra details about turning into a volunteer driver, cease by to talk with Sedore at Décor & More, situated at 817 E. Bus. 190, or name (254) 220-1767.