Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Walking Miracles Family Foundation partners with local WV Uber to get families, newly diagnosed patients and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.
By: Walking Miracles Family Foundation
Kevin Todd and Marti Jones started working as Uber drivers when it was first introduced in West Virginia August 2016. They would pass each other on the roads of Charleston many times and hear of each other from mutual passengers. They finally met in January 2017and started a working partnership with equipping their vans to entertain their passengers. From disco balls and lights to classic arcade video games, passengers from Morgantown to Charleston were always excited when they rolled up. Not all rides were for those going or coming from a night out on the town. Working football games/special events are always fun, but picking up from the airport or just taking someone to or from work was the norm as well. They have spent the last three years networking with other Uber/Lyft drivers from all over West Virginia and even a few other states along the east coast. So when they were approached by Walking Miracles and Country Roads Transportation to help implement rides needed by cancer patients to their medical appointments who live in remote areas of West Virginia, Kevin and Marti were more than happy to help in any way that they could. Although Uber and Lyft is available in all of West Virginia that does not mean there are any working "drivers" in all areas. Most rideshare drivers work in Morgantown, Charleston, and Huntington. Kevin and Marti have reached out to their network of drivers in West Virginia who might be willing to drive out of those major cities to meet the patient who would then make their ride request via the rideshare platform. This might even spark an interest for those in the remote areas of West Virginia to start driving for a rideshare company.
"We are excited and looking forward to helping in this endeavor and hope to help in a small way make a difference in taking away the burden of getting patients to their treatment with less worry maybe a little entertainment as we still have the disco lights and classic arcade games equipped in our vans."