ChemoCars Partners with Uber and Lyft to Give Cancer Patients Rides to Treatment in Charlotte
This warms my heart how our community can come together to do good for those in need.
When Zach Bolster’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, Bolster and his now-wife moved from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina, to help her out. During treatment, Zach was shocked at the number of people who didn’t have the same kind of support system that his mother did. This inspired him to make a change.
ChemoCars was born in March of 2017, in honor of Zach’s late mother, who passed in 2016. ChemoCars provides free on-demand rides to and from cancer treatment via Uber and Lyft.
How it works is simply the donors pay for the rides, and each one is tracked via GPS to ensure the safety and success of every trip. This way, all chemotherapy patients have to worry about is booking the ride, either online or over the phone.
I have to just say thank you, Zach, for organizing this. My mother had cancer (rest in peace mom) and this type of program would have helped us out tremendously during her treatments.
As of now, the service only exists in Charlotte, but Zach hopes to grow it so that people across the nation can get free rides for the treatments they need. You can read more on the story here.