Here at Daniel’s Care Van, we’re quickly approaching one full year of #TransportingTheBrave. In that time, we’ve met many brave kiddos who remind us every day why we do what we do. We never charge families for the transportation we provide. Instead, we’re paid with the smiles and laughs of the children we serve. We see the gratitude in their parents’ eyes, knowing that when Daniel’s Care Van pulls up, they have one less thing to worry about as they navigate through the nightmare they’re in. After a difficult day of treatment and during a long ride home last month, we noticed both child and mom napping in our back seat. That was the best payment ever, knowing we offered some peace to their challenging day.
Donations In Memory of Marilee
We were saddened by the death of very dear friend of DCV this past month. Marilee Sarver was a champion of ours from the very beginning. We are touched that DCV was chosen to be the recipient of many donations in Marilee’s name and we hope to honor her with our continued work in helping children get to their appointments.
Saving Lives – One Ride at a Time
If it weren’t for the donations of our many supporters, these kids might not have a safe way to make it to their life-saving appointments. Last month, a recent study gave us some hard data that backs up what we already knew – transportation matters. The study showed that of children with leukemia who relapse, early relapse rates were much higher among children from high-poverty backgrounds. One of the factors that contributes to this statistic is lack of safe transportation to appointments. Some kiddos might miss appointments entirely, throwing off their intricate treatment plan. Other families rely on public transportation – a scary notion for an immune-compromised child. This study reminded us of why we’re here: To provide safe, clean transportation to the families who need us.
In February, we Transported the Brave a total of 1345 miles. This brings us to a total 10,516 miles since we started last April!