KENNEWICK, Wash. — Rising gas prices are impacting people across the Northwest in different ways, but for a family based out of Hermiston, that cost is impacting a situation that’s far more daunting than a ride to work.
Christy Woodard, a mother from Hermiston, Oregon, was diagnosed with a treatable form of blood cancer called Myeloma. Although there is no cure, it can be slowed over time with consistent treatment.
Her daughter, Nikki Leslie, created a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the cost of her mother’s daily commutes to and from the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, where she receives treatment and care from their expert team of specialists. She drives roughly 70 miles roundtrip every day, which has become far more expensive with rising gas prices.
According to AAA, the current average cost of a gallon of regular gas in both the Tri-Cities and Pendleton (the closest recorded city to Hermiston) is over $5.
“We are asking for help to cover expenses for her trips to and from these appointments. As we all know, the cost of gas and life, in general, is expensive, and living on social security like she is, makes her daily trips to medical providers more stressful due to limited finances,” Leslie said. “My family and I would greatly appreciate assistance with our financial needs.”
At the time this story is being published, the GoFundMe campaign has reached three donors for $85 of the $1,000 goal. If you are interested in making a contribution or sharing the campaign, click here to visit it directly.
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