‘Dr. John’ to take lesser role with St. Christopher Fund

| Friday, April 15, 2011

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. SCF also conducts health research to benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry.

SCF announced this past week that co-founder Dr. John McElligott has resigned his position on the board of directors. He will remain with the SCF as its medical review officer.

“Dr. John has essentially been the ‘face’ of the St. Christopher Fund, and drivers love him,” said SCF Executive Director Donna Kennedy. “And he’s put in a number of years unselfishly serving truckers who need help. For several months, he’s been considering taking a lesser role in the SCF so he can pursue other business interests. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors, and we are pleased that he has decided to remain involved as our MRO.”

Kennedy said the SCF began looking several months ago for a qualified person to step in to McElligott’s position as treasurer. Last week, Janna Hubbs was nominated to the position. In March, four others were appointed to the board. They include Tom Liutkus, vice president; Sandi Soendker; Lee Strebel and Ed Grandi. Members that remained were Board President Doug McElhaney, Scott Miller, Ty Morgan, Greg McDermand and Tim Ridley. 

McElligott is a physician at Occupational Health Systems, a company that he started more than 10 years ago. He’s been a doctor for 24 years, is married and has six children. Nearly five years ago, he and satellite radio personality Dave Nemo co-founded the St. Christopher Fund.

After witnessing hundreds of professional drivers and their families struggle to survive as a result of catastrophic illness or injury, Nemo, host of the Dave Nemo Show (XM Radio Channel 171 - Open Road) was compelled to take action. He found a willing partner in Dr. John, who was then the chairman and founder of Professional Drivers Medical Depots (PDMD). Together, they launched SCF to come to the aid of professional drivers in need. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2007.

SCF helps professional drivers and their families who have financial needs due to medical problems. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses while recovering from illness and out of work, or negotiating price reductions with insurance companies, medical providers and hospitals.

Donations to the SCF have been received from individuals and corporations sensitive to the needs of professional drivers. By the end of 2010, the SCF helped 330 drivers and their families. Assistance included paying for prescription medications, assisting with living expenses, helping pay for surgeries, and lowering medical bill payments among other things.

For more information about the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, please send a letter to P.O. Box 30763, Knoxville, TN 37930, call 865-202-9428, or send an email to truckersfund@gmail.com

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