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March 26, 2009 10:51 PM

Cancer Survivors who need help
"Carol Bishe a volunteer driver who is making a difference."

Updated: Monday, 23 Mar 2009, 6:49 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 23 Mar 2009, 4:15 PM EDT
Reported by: Sy Becker

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - During the years that 89 year old Bernard Tatro of Agawam was battling prostate cancer.

Volunteer driver Carol Bishe would tenderly help Bernie get to the Doctors office for his lifesaving treatment.

This Cancer survivor who turns 90 in August told 22News how this volunteer driver has meant to him. "They'd even help me into the building, up the stairs, I never had such nice people wait on me." Bernard Tatro tells 22News.

Carol Bishe ,a volunteer driver says "I got involved in it because my mom is a breast cancer survivor, and I just wanted to feel I was doing something worthwhile with my life and the feeling that you get is beyond words."

And with the help from his volunteer driver, Bernie Tatro has survived cancer for the second time in his life.

Bernie's grateful daughter, Barbara told 22News, she's so overwhelmed by the help her father received, she plans to become a road to recovery driver. "Because my father's been a very lucky man. He's survived cancer twice, he's had a lot of help from good people have done nice things for him, I thought it was my turn to give"

But there's a need for more volunteer drivers here in Western Massachusetts.

A need to make certain that cancer patients like Bernie Tatro can get to the cancer treatment center and have a fighting chance of eventually being free of cancer.

For more information about becoming a road to recovery volunteer driver, please call 1-800-ACS-2345.