August 2018 Update
A few days ago, I got a phone call from Rebecca (not her real name). This is a central Texas woman in the fight of her life—she has stage-four cancer. She wanted to know if we were ready to give rides to MD Anderson. I had to tell her no.
I very much wanted to tell her just to hang on—that we will be up and running soon. But I could not give her that hope. And I could not even tell her when we might be ready—because we still are short of funds to buy our first van.
The good news is that we are continuing to build a network of supporters like you who are ON BOARD with us. We are eternally grateful for your donations, as they give us the resources to put the final pieces together so we can get wheels on the road.
The mission is urgent: we aim to provide safe, comfortable, affordable and reliable non-emergency medical transportation to cancer patients in underserved rural Texas counties. Please share this newsletter with anyone and everyone who can help.
Philip Hohle, PhD
Board Chair and CEO
Transportation problems are real. Hear the travel stories of actual patients and their caregivers in these short videos.
See what we have been up to:
- We have received our affirmation letter from the IRS. We are officially a tax-exempt organization. We also have been awarded a Bronze Star from Guidestar, an organization that monitors charitable organizations.
- A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to gather funds set aside for the first van. Please share this link as widely as you can.
- We are also set up to collect donations on Facebook, PayPal, and eBay. Why not use your birthday as an opportunity to raise funds for a van among your contacts on Facebook?
- We have completed the application for an LWML national grant. We will know early next year if we are an awardee.
- In the meantime, we have an investment prospectus prepared for anyone who can help advance our timeline to get wheels on the road. Contact us if you have $5,000 in a low yield bank savings account that you would be willing to risk loaning to Driving Hope.
- We are now owners of the drivinghope.us domain name. The additional name helps express our desire to replicate this service to other underserved areas in the country. Currently, the weblink takes one to this drivinghopetexas.org website.