A 35-year-old New York man left his high-paying Wall Street job and moved to North Carolina where he now gives people rides for free. So what drove him to make such a hasty decision? His mom.
Zach Bolster had a pretty good life in New York and a great career. But all that seemed unimportant when he received a call that his mother had been diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer.
Right away, he decided to leave his job and move in with his mother in North Carolina so that he could take care of her. His fiancee also came along.
He made sure to take her to every chemotherapy session and while he spent a lot of time at the doctor's office, he got to know a lot of other patients and heard about their hardships, many of which included having difficulty making it to their chemotherapy treatments because they didn't have a ride.
Zach's mom passed away only six weeks after her diagnosis. He decided that rather than returning to his job at a hedge fund, he would stay in North Carolina and used his own money to fund a ride-sharing business to give free rides to cancer patients so that no one had to miss a treatment.
He started ChemoCars. It uses software that integrates with Uber and Lyft to get cancer patients to their treatments, and it's all free. One of his regular passengers says, "It’s such a beautiful thing when you lose someone close to you to then reach out and help someone else in her honor. He’s just a godsend."