TQL Donates to St. Christopher Trucking Relief Fund
In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 12-18, 2021, TQL is giving back to some carriers who have hit tough times through a $10,000 donation to St. Christopher Trucking Relief Fund. The nonprofit helps over-the-road drivers and their families when an illness or injury has caused them to be out of work. Which, unfortunately, happens frequently. Research shows that 70% of U.S. carriers have more chronic health conditions and often lack the same access to health care than those in other careers.
Read a couple carriers' stories below to see the important work St. Christopher is doing to support drivers in need. Learn more and donate at truckersfund.org.
“My husband always wanted to drive a truck and his wish came true. He was an over-the-road driver for 11 years and enjoyed it so much. In July, both of us tested positive for COVID-19, and on August 3 he was admitted to the hospital. At this time, I reached out to St. Christopher for assistance, since we both had been unable to earn income for a few weeks. Dana, at St. Christopher, was very helpful explaining the process to get help.
Over the next few days my husband was moved to the ICU and put on a ventilator. On August 18, his body just couldn’t take anymore and my best friend, the love of my life passed away.
I was lost and didn’t know which way to go. But Dana kept in touch with me and kept working to get me help to pay my bills until I went back to work. St Christopher is amazing!! I will forever be grateful to them and their help, and to each and every person that donates, THANK YOU!!!”
“My name is Adam and I want to thank St. Christopher Trucking Relief Fund for what they do for truckers all over the country experiencing hard times due to either family or personal medical issues.
If it wasn’t for St. Christopher’s support last year while I was recovering from open heart surgery and waiting for disability assistance to start, my family and I would have been homeless. I am blessed to have come in contact with them and have made lifelong friends with several staff members during my journey with my health.
Now a little about me and my background. My world and life changed on December 8, 2019 when I was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure. I was told that if I didn’t go in, I would have been dead in 72 hours.
I had multiple heart attacks and had to have open heart surgery. I had many complications along the way with multiple organs starting to fail me. I was told I couldn’t get a transplant due to a rare blood clot disorder. I was given a max of two years to live back in December of 2020. I had to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License due to having a portable defibrillator implant in my chest. I had to give up my life-long career of being an OTR trucker.
I ask that if you smoke, drink energy drinks or eat fast food that you change your ways. St. Christopher can help get you going in the right direction. If I had looked for help sooner, I more than likely would be able to live a more productive life."
Kristi and her beloved late husband.
Adam and his wife at home.