Of Glen Burnie volunteers with Roads To...


September 05, 1993

TOM HUTCHINS of Glen Burnie volunteers with Roads To Recovery (RTR), which assists with transportation, lodging and BTC expenses of families whose children are being treated at area hospitals for life-threatening illnesses.

Organization's comments: RTR founder Mike Polk says his close friend and co-worker Mr. Hutchins "has been a tremendous amount of help since the organization began, from drawing up the guidelines to the helping with the fund-raisers."

Volunteer's comment: "Mike [Polk] asked if I wanted to take part in this, and I've been with it since its inception," Mr. Hutchins said. "There are a number of people helping out from time to time, I'm just one of the cogs.

"We're just people helping other people, it's very satisfying.

"We try to help take care of some of the things that aren't always thought of," Mr. Hutchins said, "such as parking costs, gas, apartment or hotel rental, food and so forth. All the sorts of things that insurance doesn't cover. The $10 here, the $10 there can really add up.

"We try to take as much worry away from the parents, of all the little things, so they can see that the child is taken care of medically.

"For instance, a child recently needed to go by cab to two different hospitals, seven times a week, so we gave cab fare vouchers to the family.

"Referrals come from medical doctors or social workers. The assistance is in the form of vouchers or coupons. We're affiliated with about seven hospitals now. Initially, we primarily worked with the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

"This is an all-volunteer organization, so that 85 cents out of every dollar goes directly to help the kids."

About the volunteer: Mr. Hutchins has lived in Glen Burnie for 3 1/2 years. He is the director of an export company, Maurexco, based in Laurel.

About the organization: Roads to Recovery Inc. is a non-profit organization founded four years ago by Mike and Della Polk after their son, Christopher, lost a four-year battle with cancer. The Polks used leftover money from a trust fund set up for their son's care to establish the organization.

RTR's annual fund-raiser will be Sept. 18 in The Signature Flight Support Corporate Hangar at Baltimore-Washington International Airport from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For information about the second annual City Slickers Ball or about the services offered by Roads To Recovery, call 945-6761 or 461-2295.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To nominate someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-(800) 829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

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