“God bless you. Thank you all so much. I would have lost my truck without your help.”
That was just one of the notes received last year by the charity commonly called the St. Christopher Fund – a group that helps truckers who have costly medical problems. For the Knoxville, TN-based organization, 2012 was a banner year when it came to helping trucking families.
Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund, said the fund was able to help 214 drivers and their families last year. The fund provided the drivers with more than $158,000 in assistance.
Since it was founded in 2007, the fund has spent more than $348,000 helping 711 beneficiaries.
“The majority of our applicants are afflicted with cancer, heart disease and diabetes,” said SCF’s Medical Director John McElligott, MD.
“We are seeing more and more chronic, life-threatening diseases, and the drivers are younger and younger. There is a real problem here and I’m glad the St. Christopher Fund is available to provide some help,” said McElligott.
He said 68 percent of the donations have come from drivers themselves. The majority of the donations in 2012 were collected at TA/Petro events.
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