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Mission: Drivers for Survivors provides free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients in Fremont, Newark and Union City.

Results: Drivers for Survivors has 74 volunteer drivers and additional volunteers serving in other roles that are making this new program a resounding success! Many volunteers are cancer survivors themselves, and some of them have been helped by our program. In our first year and a half of operation, we have provided over 3200 rides for more than 120 patients! We are trying to grow to meet the ever-increasing demand for our services

Target demographics: provide companion rides to all medical-related doctor appointments within a 60 mile radius from our Fremont office

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 patients with close to 2000 rides! It was our first full year of service!

Geographic areas served: Fremont, Newark and Union City Residents

Programs: Drivers For Survivors was created to provide free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients in Fremont, Newark and Union City. This service is provided to all medical-related doctor appointments within a 60 mile radius from our Fremont office

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Monica77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Drivers for Survivors is a great nonprofit organization. I personally volunteer for this amazing organization that provides free transportation to those battling cancer. Services are also offered when there is a suspicion of cancer.

In the short period they have been around they have provided over 6000 free rides.
It's a great feeling to know that patients don't need to worry about how they are going to get to their appointments. The patients main focus is to get better. I love to see those grateful smiles from the patients we drive they are so touched by the volunteers kindness.

It's wonderful to know there are still people out there who care about others and are making a difference in someone's life.

Please check out Drivers for Survivors and support this amazing cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found the Drivers for Survivors team to be phenomenal! Both the office staff and drivers are so personable, kind, thoughtful, and generous with their time. Without having a car to go to all of my doctor visits and tests, it would be extremely costly for me to go to my appointments. Drivers for Survivors has been such an amazing help in ensuring I get to every appointment and on time. The staff is always making sure my needs are taken care of and are extremely supportive. The drivers are always willing to be there for you and make the time to not only get you to your appointment, but to wait for you, sometimes up to an hour or more. They are so supportive and flexible. I have had only good experiences with this organization and thank God that they exist. To me, they are real life angels.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After hearing about Drivers for Survivors from Sherry, i knew it was a organization that i wanted to be a part of. Being diagnosed with cancer is scary enough, and having to worry about transportation is an unneeded stress. This organization impacts lives, families and the entire community. It does so with compassion and heart. I am honored to be a part of it.

G32wal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been Volunteering for Drivers for Survivors for a few weeks now and take great honor in being able to support the community and organization. It feels great to a part of a team that is so passionate, caring and hardworking. The organization is really doing something special for a community in need.

TrishMcD

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been with Drivers for Survivors from the start. I am honored to be working with such a compassionate organization that provides transport and companionship of local cancer patients to/from their life-saving medical treatments. When Sherry told me her experience of hearing that fellow patients were missing treatments simply because they didn't have a ride, I knew I needed to be a part of this group. It's been a great experience working with this DFS to make those rides a reality.

Jan_59

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member since the begining of Drivers for Servivors. When I sat down with Sherry Higgs the Founder and learned what she wanted to do I caught her passion for tthe cause. I love how we match the drivers up with the clients needing rides. It is amaizing to me how it all comes together so perfectly. Sherry, her staff and her volunteers are very dedicated and hard working people. I have been on boards of other organizations but I have never see so much work been produced by so few people. They are fantastic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so lucky that my daughter found Drivers for Survivors for me. I was recently diagnosed with cancer and I am very impressed by the way I was helped by this organization. Both the program coordinator and driver are so friendly and helpful. They have taken me to my appointments at Stanford Medical center and without their help, it would be a lot of trouble for someone like myself -- a senior citizen who does not drive. They are very friendly and make my every visit an enjoyable experience. Everyone in this organization have gone above and beyond to help me. In particular, on a holiday when drivers are not available, the program coordinator drove me herself! I can not express how gratitude I was for what she has done. This organization was started with a wonderful goal and it is definitely a great resource for cancer survivors like myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven't started providing rides yet but I'm very excited to be able to help take survivors to their appointments!! You see I'm a survivor myself and I know what the people are going through. I was very fortunate I had my daughter to help me with EVERYTHING! I know how devastating it is to get that call from your doctor, go through the surgery and get treatment, let alone have to figure out how I was going to get to and from my appointments. Drivers For Survivors is an awesome origination to help out the less fortunate. I'm very grateful to have time between jobs to be able to help out in any way that I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was with pride that I asked junior high student to snap my picture in front of the Drivers for Survivors magnet on my van door. I was three minutes out from my first pickup. I officially became a driver and companion to a cancer patient. She was waiting outside when I drove up. I let her know that she was my first assignment and I was excited. Told her I'd only been driving for 2 weeks and she howled with laughter. We shared good conversation and it was a pleasure to be of service.

Rowaydah A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel wonderful and very fulfilled giving my time to such an important organization. After witnessing my late grandmother's fight with cancer, I understand the need for cancer patients to have a ride and support to and from their doctor appointments. Sherry's (founder or DFS) devotion to this cause is unlike anything I have seen and it is a pleasure working with her and Jahzielle, the program coordinator.