"Your Ride Is Here": Non-profit offers cancer patients exotic rides
(CBS News) Battling cancer is a monumental struggle that takes shape in the smallest actions. Everyday activities take on new meaning in the face of cancer's debilitating symptoms. Even making it to a cancer treatment center can be a challenge. That's where the non-profit group Your Ride Is Here comes in. The group provides transportation to and from treatment - often in some of the most exotic, expensive cars on the planet.
Ken Adams knows firsthand the difficulties of living with cancer. The Austin, Texas resident was lucky enough to have a ride to and from treatment, but he saw many other patients who were not as fortunate.
"When I was in treatment, I wanted to go home right away. People that rode the bus, they had to sit a while," Adams says in the above video. "Sometimes people were sitting waiting when I got there and still waiting when I would leave."
Adams decided he needed to do something, and in 2010 Your Ride Is Here was born. The non-profit organization relies on donations for cars, and has garnered several ultra-luxury rides. A local super-car dealer, John Eagle European, teamed up with the organization and offers cancer patients transportation in some of the most expensive cars on Earth, including Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin cars.
Individuals have also offered their exotic wheels. There's even a Ferrari Enzo in Your Ride Is Here's fleet.
So far, the charity has provided over 400 rides.
"We picked someone up in a $350,000 Rolls Royce," Sonny Morgan, owner of John Eagle European, told Fox News. "We picked up one woman in an Aston Martin and all she could talk about was how fun it was."
Ken Adams sees the program as a quick lift in the otherwise painful process of cancer treatment.
"Instead of talking about treatment and cancer, we talk about the car. It really chances the mindset of the patient." Adams said. "At the end of the day, if everyone across the United States didn't have to worry about a ride to treatment, that would be awesome."
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