Local drivers needed on the American Cancer Society “Road to Recovery”


At some level, we all have been impacted by cancer. It creates a desire to fight back against it for our family, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, ourselves, and even perfect strangers. There are multiple ways to fight the fight. Some of the most profound ways to help are the simplest, and they can also be some of the most vital and powerful.

One of the ways to take the fight to cancer is becoming an American Cancer Society (ACS) volunteer as a certified driver for the Mitchell County “Road to Recovery” program. The “Road to Recovery” is paved by volunteers who provide free transportation for cancer survivors in treatment.

An informational meeting on the program will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Beloit on January 17 at 2p.m. You will learn how training is handled, what your duties would be as a certified driver, meet some of the current drivers, and get answers to questions from Kansas Regional ACS Staff Partner, Amy Kralicek.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in becoming a certified driver, contact Pat Cashatt at (785)738-3828 (H) – (785)569-7187 (C)

You may also contact the American Cancer Society Call Center at (800)227-2345.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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