Canadian Cancer Society applauds the Driving Force of Manitoba

27 November 2012

Brandon, Manitoba -

Morley McKay knows driving.  And he knows an incredible amount of stories told to him by Manitobans on a cancer journey.  McKay, a Brandon resident, was recognized yesterday for spending 25-years driving cancer patients to and from their treatments, and was one of the first involved in starting the Canadian Cancer Society’s Transportation Service in Brandon, alongside the Free Masons of Manitoba in 1986.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, at sometime and in some point in life you will need help,” said McKay.  “If I can be that help to the people who need it, that’s the satisfaction I get out of volunteering.”

And the need is great.  The Cancer Society’s Transportation Service will provide around 30,000 subsidised rides to Manitobans this year alone. There is a need for more volunteers and support to address the increased demand for the service from patients trying to get to their treatments.

McKay was one of many Brandon Transportation Service volunteers recognized for their dedication and passion to make a difference at the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Drivers’ Appreciation banquet last night.

“Providing subsidised rides to people who could not otherwise afford it, or could not otherwise find a way to their cancer treatments has a direct, positive impact on the lives of Manitobans battling cancer,” said Mark McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba Division.

The Cancer Society is always looking for volunteers to help make this service possible, particularly now when demand for the service has risen.  A recent study by the Cancer Society on the Financial Hardship of Cancer found that distance can be a significant barrier to getting the treatment Manitobans deserve, and the Society’s Transportation Service aims to fill that gap.  To register for the volunteer driver orientation or for further information please contact Teri Nicholson, Western Regional Coordinator for the Society at 204-571-2800 or toll-free at 1-888-857-6658.

The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to fightback.ca to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Jason Permanand

Communications Manager

Canadian Cancer Society

Manitoba

Phone: 204-990-4310