Acts of Kindness: Connie Mazol - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Connie Mazol

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LAS VEGAS - Thirty years ago, Cherie Licata beat ovarian cancer. Now 67, she's fighting breast cancer, but it comes with a grueling schedule.

"My chemos were always on Wednesday. I had to have blood work done every Monday," she said.

With no vehicle and no public transportation service to her doctor's office, she relies on volunteers with the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program.

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"If you're having a bad day when they pick you up, they're telling you, 'Come on, don't worry about it. You're going to get through this,'" Licata said. "It's like having my own cheerleader squad from my drivers. They're just incredible."

Connie Mazol is one of Licata's three trusted volunteer drivers.

"They pick up patients in their own car, their own gas, no mileage or gas money," Mazol said. "Some of these ladies drive up to three patients a day. That's their entire day."

Last year, Mazol drove patients five days a week. She is also a cancer survivor, but she says it was her father's unsuccessful cancer battle that motivated her to volunteer for the Road to Recovery program.

"My father had cancer in the 70's. At that time, my sister and I weren't nearby to take him to radiation or chemo, and my mother didn't drive," she said.

Good natured volunteers like Mazol took him to appointments. "I just thought that was a wonderful thing," she said.

Those volunteers showed the same care and compassion she now offers many others throughout the Las Vegas valley.

8 News NOW is rewarding her efforts, awarding her $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

"Oh my goodness, I am overwhelmed. That is wonderful. I will be sure to share this with the other volunteers," she said.

The American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers who can operate a flexible schedule. Requests are submitted each week, and drivers can choose the times best suited for them.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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