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For many of the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer in East Tennessee every year, transportation to and from treatment can be a challenge. Radiation therapy, especially, can be tough because patients have to drive to and from treatment five days a week.

To overcome this challenge, L5 Foundation provides transportation assistance to patients in the form of gas cards, in partnership with Pilot Flying J. Last year, L5 Foundation distributed $10,000 in gas cards to three cancer treatment facilities in Knoxville.

Gas cards are available at the Cancer Institute at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Thompson Cancer Survival Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Patients who need transportation assistance should talk to a social worker at their treatment facility.

Debra Riley, whose grandson Chandler was treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for brain cancer, says receiving gas cards was a godsend for her family.

“We could use the gas cards for gas, and then we had money for other things,” like food, she says. “It’s been a real blessing.”