Swinging for Charity

By on January 1, 2009
RoadKing Mag

Studies show that more than 70 percent of the 3.2 million professional drivers in the U.S. have one or more serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Being on the road and having irregular hours doesn’t help. Drivers tend to let small conditions progress to bigger problems, simply because of cost or time. Minor illnesses become extreme, and can lead to hospitalization and disability. The drivers then may lose their commercial license and become unable to work, which can lead to extreme financial hardship.

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a not-for-profit organization, was created to provide assistance to truckers who need medical care, but can’t afford it. It was founded by XM satellite radio host Dave Nemo and Dr. John McElligott, of the Professional Drivers Medical Depots. “This is not a hand out, it’s a hand up,” says Paul Sasso, a driver who has worked to promote the organization.“We help to negotiate surgeries and treatments down to an affordable level.”

At a recent golf outing in Knoxville, Tenn., more than $8,500 was raised for the cause. “I want to be able to raise $100,000 for the St. Christopher Fund,” says Sasso. “I want to be involved in the effort to help these drivers.”

For more information on the St. Christopher Fund, visit www.truckersfund.com.

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