In the 87th largest city areawise, driving is a must. But for people who are ill, driving to and from medical appointments can be a real roadblock.
The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program provides lifesaving rides to treatment.
The Cattle Baron's Ball, which was held Aug. 17, is the largest annual fundraiser for the local American Cancer Society, and the organizers behind the ball are making one last push to raise money for the Road to Recovery program.
“It is absolutely tragic that someone would have to miss treatment just because they need a ride,” said Sharri Mackey, chairwoman of this year's Cattle Baron's Ball.
The Road to Recovery program last year provided more than 1,500 rides to Oklahoma cancer patients using funds raised by these events. But the society received more than 4,000 requests for rides. The organization hopes to fill that gap by raising more money this year. In fact, the group hopes to raise an additional $15,000 by Friday.
Right now, the Cattle Baron's Ball Facebook page has more than 140 “likes,” and the group is asking each “fan” to pledge and then ask five friends to do the same.
“We definitely set a lofty goal, but it's within reach. Oklahomans are instant family. When they know they are needed, they come through, they always do,” Mackey said. “And I know we won't be disappointed.”
How to help
For information on how to help the local American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program, call 841-5818, look on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cbbokc, follow them on Twitter @cbbokc or go to www.cattlebaronsballokc.org.