What is the St. Christopher Fund?
The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3), truck driver charity that helps drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. The SCF also conducts health research to benefit truck drivers and the trucking industry.
Why was it started?
Studies have shown that more than 70% of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the U.S. have one or more serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Truck drivers also lack the same access to health that most Americans enjoy.
Access is limited because drivers work irregular hours, spend long-durations away from home, and are unable to navigate side streets and parking lots in their trucks to get to a clinic, pharmacy or hospital. Compounding the problem is the fact that more than one-third of truck drivers do not have health insurance.
The unfortunate result of these circumstances is that drivers are often unable to get treatment in the early stages of disease, allowing the condition to progress to a much more severe state. Minor illnesses become severe, leading to hospitalization and disability. The driver then may lose his/her commercial drivers license and become unable to work. This creates a downward spiral that leads to extreme financial hardship.
Who Started SCF?
After witnessing hundreds of truck drivers and their families struggle to survive as a result of catastrophic illness or injury, Dave Nemo, host of the Dave Nemo Show (XM Radio Channel 171 – Open Road) was compelled to take action. He found a willing partner in Dr. John McElligott (“Dr. John”). Together, they launched a truck driver charity to come to the aid of professional drivers in need. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2007.
The SCF helps truck drivers and their families who have financial needs due to medical problems. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses while recovering from illness and out of work, or negotiating price reductions with medical providers and hospitals.
Donors and Beneficiaries
Donations to the SCF have been received from individuals and corporations sensitive to the needs of professional drivers. As of January 31, 2014 the SCF has helped 945 drivers and their families.
For more information about this charity for truck drivers, send a letter to P.O. Box 30763, Knoxville, TN 37930, call 865-202-9428, fax to 865-851-8396, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation, click the “Make a Donation” button at the top of the page, mail a check to the address above, or call 877-332-GIVE.