once-weekly shift one “accomplished goal”
at a time.
It was a quiet drive over the Burrard Street
Bridge, but as I made my way to Oak Street,
the young girl began to sing, joke, and talk
to her mother. I quickly realized that she was behaving exactly
as little girls do, and that it had been my own pre-conceived
notions about her that were making me anxious. I began to feel
more comfortable, and as I continued to drive, I thought about
the mother beside the small girl. I realized how profoundly our
volunteer service must be helping her. I could not even begin
to imagine what she must be going through each week, as she
made this journey to the hospital with her daughter beside her.
Because of us, she could try to make the experience positive
for her daughter; she could take the time to pay attention to
something other than the road.
We soon arrived at Children’s Hospital safely; everything was
fine. I watched the mother and daughter walk up the sidewalk
together, hand-in-hand. Then, I phoned my father. I wanted to
explain to him how deeply humbled I felt. I pride myself on
being grateful for all that surrounds me and consider myself to
be a grounded individual. But on that day, the little girl made me
realize, even more, how fortunate I am to have all my immedi-
ate family members alive and well, as well as my own personal
health. And, how lucky I am to have the opportunity to be part
of something larger than myself. I felt very
blessed to have been given that trip-slip.
Later that day, I picked up several adults
with a range of serious diagnoses. As I
relayed to them my early morning “gift,”
they smiled and nodded. Despite, or because
of, their circumstances, they understood
what I had experienced. They understood
that in the course of that morning’s drive, I
had become a better person.
Editor’s note: Robert Segulam Singh is a
member of Duke of Connaught Lodge No.
64 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has
been a driver for the Cancer Car Program
since 2003. His father was a voting member of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia
and Yukon in 1988 and at that Annual
Communication, he voted in favor of establishing the Cancer Car Program.
Bro. Jay Kinney interviews the Grand Lodge of British Columbia
and Yukon to learn more about how the Cancer Car Program works.