Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Donated its Seventh Transport Van to the American Cancer Society.

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Stroudsburg, PA – The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs in June donated its seventh patient transport van to the Monroe Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Fundraising over a five-year period brought in the $21,783 for the new van. It will join two other vans now in operation by the all-volunteer “Daffodil Express.”

Jim Mathieson, the Cancer Society regional health initiatives director, said the need for the free cancer patient transport service “continues to grow exponentially.”  In fiscal year 2010 (which ended Aug. 30, 2010) the Daffodil Express provided 886 rides to treatment for 54 patients. In 2011, it rose to 2,468 rides for 78 patients. And this year, with two months left in the fiscal year, the services is already at 2,552 rides for 98 patients.

The vans and the 28 volunteer drivers provide rides to the Hughes Cancer Center in East Stroudsburg and to other hospitals in the Lehigh and Wyoming valleys.

This handles the access-to-care issue that is so important,” Mathieson said. “It is a fantastic testament to a lot of supporters,” including the volunteer drivers and the Rotary.

Gray Chevrolet in Stroudsburg helped with the purchase.  Rotarian Dick Ludwig donated the graphics for the van.  Club President Paul Conforti said fundraising for the eighth van is already under way.

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs meets Thursdays at 11:55 a.m. at the Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap and is eagerly recruiting anyone who wishes to embrace the community and share the good feeling that results when good times bring good things to good people.

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, created in 1922, in the past five years raised and distributed more than $145,000 in grants and scholarships to 30 different organizations in the Poconos. During the same period the club sent more than $100,000 for Rotary International projects overseas, for projects ranging from the eradication of polio worldwide to, this year’s goal, construction of a school in Haiti.  The club annually awards four college scholarships to Monroe County students at East Stroudsburg University, awards four other scholarships to high school seniors from Monroe County, and conducts an essay contest, with $875 in awards, annually. The amount distributed to Monroe County students annually is $5,875.

The goal this  year and every year is to help more organizations and more individuals with more money, whenever it will make a positive change.

The club meets Thursdays at 11:55 a.m. at the Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap and is eagerly recruiting anyone who wishes to embrace the community and share the good feeling that results when good times bring good things to good people.  For information:  http://www.stroudsburgsrotary.org/ or contact secretary Laura Goss, (570) 476-4460.