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November 2018 Update

October 26, 2018 no comments admin

A Very Short Video About the Benefit

Shining the Light of Hope on a Black Friday

NOV. 23 (BLACK FRIDAY) 5-10 PM DALE’S ESSENHAUS WALBURG, TX

Benefit logoCancer patients face a long road to recovery, but many Texans are finding it hard even to find a suitable ride to the treatment hospital. The right kind of ride is especially important because the treatment procedures often leave the patient weak and disoriented. Problems in transportation are well-documented in Central Texas, and for those patients who have but few good options to consider, the need is urgent.

Funding cancer research is a noble and essential act, yet some supporters might also want to consider a direct way to help the afflicted who live among them. Driving Hope of Texas is raising funds to deploy a specialized transportation van to serve cancer patients living in rural Texas. They are sponsoring The Glimmer of Hope Benefit on Friday, November 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Williamson County community of Walburg just north of Georgetown.

The day after Thanksgiving is commonly called Black Friday. This year in this quaint little town of Walburg, the day will be remade into a holiday of dazzling light and undimmed hope. The Glimmer of Hope benefit will feature a spectacular display of personalized luminaries that will honor those who are fighting cancer as well as memorialize those who have fought and lost the battle. The event will be an appropriate post-Thanksgiving benediction as well as a brilliant launch to the Christmas season.

Driving Hope of Texas is a not-for-profit startup service based in Bell County. The organization aims to provide safe, comfortable, and affordable non- emergency long-distance transportation for the many cancer patients living in underserved communities in the Heart of Texas. They are poised to launch their initial route as soon as a van can be purchased and made ready. The vehicle will be outfitted in a way that will provide a higher degree of safety and comfort than other options available to these patients and their caregivers. Donations in support of the van will keep transportation affordable for the families who are already strapped by high medical expenses.

Central Texans are invited to come to Dale’s Essenhaus in Walburg on November 23 to eat, dance, and enjoy the display of luminaries. Tickets to the benefit are just $25 and include a BBQ plate (with sides) and a dance featuring The Pure Country Band. A cornhole tournament will add to the fun.

Shoppers will have the chance to pick up Christmas gifts, as both live and silent auctions will feature many unique items. Few Black Friday deals are as satisfying as simply helping another human being in need.

Pre-sales of personalized luminaries will allow cancer warriors of all types to add one to the display in honor or in memory of one who has fought in the battle. A single luminaria will cost $25; multiples are $20 each. Driving Hope will maintain the display for use at future events in support of cancer awareness.

Special auction items are needed. More information on making donations, the details of the benefit, and facts about the transportation service itself can be found at <drivinghopetexas.org> or email <info@drivinghopetexas.org>.

Transportation problems are real. Hear the travel stories of actual patients and their caregivers in these short videos.

Creative Auction Items are Needed

Can you give. . .

  • Condo/vacation stays
  • Waterski/wakeboard lessons
  • Handcrafted items
  • Sunset boat cruise with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Volunteer spring cleaning crew
  • Event photographer/videographer
  • Basket of rare/popular books
  • Chauffeured tour of Christmas lights (with libations)
  • A venue for a staff retreat
  • Guided hike on a little known scenic trail
  • Proofreading or editing services
  • Private tutoring
  • Catered and furnished camping trip for non-campers
  • Personal organizer help (office, kitchen, garage, etc.)
  • Deck maintenance/staining/painting
  • Vegetable garden lease with a personal gardener
  • Internet hotspot setup
  • Ranch hand for a day
  • Pet sitting coupons
  • Airline miles/passes
  • Play chief executive for a day
  • Theater/concert/sports tickets
  • Celebrity voicemail announcement
  • Free car problem diagnosis
  • Swag you receive from the businesses you frequent
  • Rare bottle of wine from your cellar
  • A catered dinner in an unusual location
  • BBQ lessons
  • Designated driver for a bachelor party or pub crawl
  • Signed sports memorabilia
  • Volunteer crew of landscapers or painters for a home project
  • Round of golf at an exclusive club
  • Golf or tennis lessons by a pro
  • Personal fitness training sessions
  • Catered tailgate party
  • Makeover or hair styling
  • Personal shopper (for those who hate to shop)
  • Dance lessons
  • Hunting lease, guided hunt, or fishing trip
  • Free computer problem diagnosis, tune up
  • Website creation
  • Smartphone setup and training
  • Birthday visit/phone call from a celebrity
  • Basket of lottery tickets
  • Lawn care

If YES, fill out this form or email info@drivinghopetexas.org

Glimmer of Hope Benefit

October 12, 2018 no comments admin

Shining the Light of Hope on a Black Friday

Cancer Benefit to be Held in Walburg, Texas

Cancer patients face a long road to recovery, but many Texans are finding it hard even to find a suitable ride to the treatment hospital. The right kind of ride is especially important because the treatment procedures often leave the patient weak and disoriented. Problems in transportation are well-documented in Central Texas, and for those patients who have but few good options to consider, the need is urgent.

    Funding cancer research is a noble and essential act, yet some supporters might also want to consider a direct way to help the afflicted who live among them. Driving Hope of Texas is raising funds to launch a specialized transportation service for cancer patients living in rural Texas. They are sponsoring The Glimmer of Hope Benefit on Friday, November 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Williamson County community of Walburg just north of Georgetown.

    The day after Thanksgiving is commonly called Black Friday. This year in the quaint town of Walburg, the day will be remade into a holiday of dazzling light and undimmed hope. The Glimmer of Hope benefit will feature a spectacular display of personalized luminaries that will honor those who are fighting cancer as well as memorialize those who have fought and lost the battle. The event will be an appropriate post-Thanksgiving benediction as well as a brilliant launch to the Christmas season.

    Driving Hope of Texas is a not-for-profit startup service based in Bell County. The organization aims to provide safe, comfortable, and affordable non-emergency long-distance transportation for the many cancer patients living in underserved communities in the Heart of Texas. They are poised to launch their initial route as soon as a van can be purchased and made ready. The vehicle will be outfitted in a way that will provide a higher degree of safety and comfort than other options available to these patients and their caregivers. Donations in support of the van will keep transportation affordable for the families who are already strapped by high medical expenses.

    Central Texans are invited to come to Dale’s Essenhaus in Walburg on November 23 to eat, dance, and enjoy the display of luminaries. Tickets to the benefit are just $25 and include a BBQ plate (with sides) and a dance featuring The Pure Country Band. Shoppers will have the chance to pick up Christmas gifts, as both live and silent auctions will feature many unique items. Few Black Friday deals are as satisfying as simply helping another human being in need.

    Pre-sales of personalized luminaries will allow cancer warriors of all types to add one to the display in honor or in memory of one who has fought in the battle. A single luminary costs $25; multiples are $20 each. Driving Hope will maintain the display for use at future events in support of cancer awareness.

    Special auction items are needed. More information on making donations, the details of the benefit, and facts about the transportation service itself can be found at <drivinghopetexas.org> or email info@drivinghopetexas.org.

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Driving Hope Proposed Van
Prototype Mercedes Sprinter Van
Beef brisket slices
Luminaries

August 2018 Update

August 28, 2018 no comments admin

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.

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Making the Case

July 16, 2018 no comments admin
Young cancer patient
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Videos Help Make the Case For Driving Hope

We asked the question, "Does a problem really exist? Do cancer patients in rural areas find it difficult to arrange suitable transportation to and from their treatments?"

Upon meeting with social workers at Baylor Scott and White, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and with the American Cancer Society, the answer came back as a huge "YES." The problem is real. The problem is common.

Watch this video below. Then view our entire collection of testimonials here.

 

Driving Hope of Texas aims to begin service in the first quarter of 2019. However, they will need help in acquiring a van suitable for this kind of non-emergency medical transportation.

The Driving Hope van will provide an affordable option—safe, comfortable and reliable long-distance transportation for patients and their caregivers. One especially notable feature of the van is the onboard bathroom. Patients will not be forced to stop and use the few public restrooms found along the route and expose themselves to conditions that may threaten their weakened immunity.

The first route, dubbed the Leon Valley Route, will connect several counties roughly along state highway 36 all the way to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The counties of Mills, Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, Coryell, Bell and Milam are scheduled to have pick-up locations. Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple is one of those stops.

If this is not enough to provide a sense of urgency, see some testimony videos here. Get on Board with Driving Hope of Texas.

On the Move to Fight Cancer

April 3, 2018 no comments admin
Horse riders in The Grove, Texas
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New Non-profit Hosting Benefit to Help Get Patients to Treatment Centers

 

Cancer is a tough enemy to fight. Recent statistics from the American Cancer Society show that in the United States, an estimated 125,000 cancer patients needed help with transportation to their treatment appointments in 2017. In Texas alone, the Society provided 2,223 cancer patients with rides, but 16,247 additional requests went unmet.

According to the Patient Advocate Foundation in 2015, 15 percent of all cancer patients reported problems accessing care due to transportation conflicts, and the greater the distance they have to travel, the more likely they will miss or delayed treatment. It is no wonder that the cancer survivor rate is remarkably lower in underserved areas.

Driving Hope of Texas is a new startup that aims to put a dent in those statistics. The non-profit organization is the vision of a veteran professional truck driver Michael Hohle of Moody. “Several years ago, my uncle came down with cancer. I saw the trouble my aunt had in getting him to his treatments. They were from your typical small Texas town, and driving in the big city was quite intimating for her. Because of the situation, going to treatment was as hard on my aunt as it was for my uncle—who never really trusted her driving. I thought, ‘they needed me to do the driving.’” Hohle added, “Ever since then, I’ve been wrestling with how to help people who have to go through the stress of getting to their treatments. After all, just knowing you have cancer is stressful enough.”

Driving Hope Proposed Van

The new organization hopes to begin service in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, they will need help in acquiring a van suitable for this kind of non-emergency medical transportation.

Cancer patients returning from treatment are especially vulnerable. Their energy is often sapped, and their immune systems are weakened. With chemotherapy, the patient often becomes sick for a period of time. These conditions make the use of public transportation impractical. At the same time, caregivers driving personal automobiles are less mindful of their riders when they are negotiating congested traffic, unfamiliar routes and the fatigue of long distance driving.

The Driving Hope van will provide an affordable option—safe, comfortable and reliable transportation for patients and their caregivers. One especially notable feature of the van is the onboard bathroom. Patients will not be forced to stop and use the few public restrooms found along the route and expose themselves to conditions that may threaten their weakened immunity.

Driving Hope of Texas will host a Jump Start benefit BBQ and auction on Saturday, May 5 in the community of The Grove. Plates are just $10 and will be available from 5-9 pm. Those wanting to see this organization help cancer patients can visit drivinghopetexas.org to purchase tickets to the benefit. There will be live music and an auction throughout the evening. The benefit will also include the first annual Centex Champion Corn Hole Tournament, limited to just 20 teams. Auction items include Ranger’s baseball tickets, Kenny Chesney concert tickets, homemade crafts, construction services and much more. Visit the website for a complete list.

The community of The Grove is almost the midway point of the first route that will connect several counties roughly along state highway 36 all the way to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The counties of Mills, Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, Coryell, Bell and Milam are scheduled to have pick-up locations. Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple is one of those stops.

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