Do you remember Phil from a previous Friday Focus? He was getting rides to kidney dialysis in Snoqualmie through a Faith in Action volunteer.
Since I wrote that email, we have two more kidney dialysis patients looking for transportation. Unlike Phil, who lives in town, these two people live in much more remote locations – one lives in a trailer park near Tiger Mountain, the other lives in May Valley. Unfortunately, because of their inaccessibility, Access will not serve either of these two locations. Right now, both dialysis patients are dependent on their elderly spouses to take them. Unfortunately, in both of these cases, the elderly wife or husband really is not capable of driving safely any more, because of limited eyesight and slow reaction time. Issaquah Hobart Road and May Valley Road have relatively high speeds and are poorly lit – it is often dark in the late afternoons during this time of the year, when a patient is finished with dialysis.
A dialysis patient requires six trips a week, every week, for the rest of the client’s life. It takes a lot of volunteer time to meet the need of just one person – but the volunteer’s service can mean the difference between life and death . We are actively recruiting a host of drivers to serve these two people. If you know of someone who might be interested in helping us, please let us know.
Thank you for your support of our work, and for your interest in our clients.