Thieves steal gas, damage cancer patient transport car
Some cancer patients in El Dorado County have been scrambling for rides to the doctor after someone vandalized a car that belongs to the Marshall Cancer Resource Center over the weekend.
The car, used by volunteers to transport cancer patients to treatment, is covered with the center’s name and phone number, as well as the message: "Hope. Healing. Here."
"He attempted to drill through the plastic tank to drain the gas," said Dana Wardell, the service adviser at Thompsons Buick GMC in Placerville, which donated the car to Marshall and is now repairing it. "What he didn’t get out of there probably continued to drip to the ground."
Repairs will cost $1,000 and take about a week.
“Of all the vehicles, this is not the one to pick on," Wardell said. "It’s here to help people, and now it's down until we get another tank sent in."
In the meantime, cancer patients who are elderly, can’t get a ride to the hospital or don’t feel well enough to drive have not been able to rely on the vehicle.
“It made me cry," said Wendy Goossen, the director of cancer services at Marshall Hospital. "I couldn’t believe that somebody would actually do that. Our cancer patients depend on it, so we have a week now where we’re figuring out how to transfer those patients to and from treatment.
“People are desperate. People are just not thinking about others."
A doctor has stepped forward to donate the money for repairs.
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