NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville native Harmony Bellefant’s breast cancer spread to her bones about two years ago. She’s in a fight for her life now; a fight that she says zaps her energy and makes it hard to get to her numerous doctor appointments.
“The fatigue is a monster. It felt like the biggest rock you could imagine sitting on your lap. When you try to get up and go to the sink to get a drink of water, it takes you an hour. You think about the drink of water, but you can’t get up because this fatigue is holding you down. It’s like pushing a very large stone up the side of a mountain,” she explained.
Harmony has as many as four treatment sessions, doctor visits, or tests a week to treat her cancer, and she’s not able to drive herself to those appointments.
That’s where the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program comes in.
The program allows Harmony to continue to fight with the help of complete strangers.
“My family is not able to take me. I have so many appointments that they’re not able to get off of work, so it really, really, really helps me to have these drivers take me,” she said.
Road to Recovery provides drivers, at no cost, to cancer patients so that they can get to those life-saving appointments.
The drivers are all volunteers, like retired Navy Veteran Channing Workman.
“You need a purpose after you retire, and you need something to do that’s got a good purpose and a value, and that’s how I looked at this. It has a real purpose and a real value – to help these folks out – there’s hundreds of them.”
Channing has been driving for the program for over a decade, and he and his wife have developed a special friendship with Harmony.
“I guess I was really looking for a little self-satisfaction that I would feel personally like I would do something good, but I didn’t really realize how much value I could be to somebody else. I try to encourage them. I know they’re in the pits, they’re in a fight, they’re in a war for their lives, and I try to encourage them.”
The benefit of Road to Recovery for fighters like Harmony, are immeasurable.
“If I didn’t have a driver, I think I would probably be a lot sicker because I would have to try to depend on public transportation. It means life, seriously,” she said.
The American Cancer Society is in desperate need of more volunteer drivers.
They’re looking for at least 25 more in the Nashville area to be able to cover the ride requests.
“It just takes a little of your time to get out and help and meet some mighty fine people,” Channing said.
Anyone interested in donating their time and use of their car can receive the life-saving treatments they need, click here.
If you or your loved one needs a ride to treatment, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to be matched with a volunteer.