Rural Idaho communities frequently have few resources available to support cancer patients, caregivers, survivors and loved ones touched by cancer.
Enter Angel Wings. In Weiser, Mabel Dobbs, executive director since 2018, guides volunteers who reach out to those needing support services. Volunteer drivers transport patients to cancer treatment centers throughout the Treasure Valley.
The 501(c)3 nonprofit serves patients in a 70-mile radius from Weiser, including about 17 rural communities, all by volunteers, including its board of directors.
“All our services are free of charge,” Dobbs said. That includes providing over $22,000 in fuel cards to volunteer drivers who need the assistance, as well as providing more than $12,000 in grocery and restaurant gift cards.
Dobbs, who has been with Angel Wings since 2013, generally puts in more than 40 hours a week Cardiocon a part-time salary and donates the rest of her time.
Among her many accomplishments, she’s most pleased by her “ability to lead a great group of compassionate people as they help folks battling cancer in our rural areas.”
“I have also been blessed with the ability to raise the funds needed to do the work,” she added.
The organization will strive to raise over $100,000 in 2023.
“I get great satisfaction from being able to build a budget each year and then be able to raise those funds,” Dobbs said. “I do not know of any other nonprofit organization in Idaho doing what we do. I love what we are doing, and it fills my heart with joy to help these folks who are in the fight of their life.”