Fighting Breast Cancer, Scientist Drives an Uber to Deliver Meals to the Homeless

by - April 24, 2021



At first glance, she may just be another Uber driver making a living off trips she makes in Tennessee. In reality, Kerry Wiles works full time as an actual scientist. The story behind her rides is quite endearing.

woman giving food to homeless


After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, Kerry took up a side job with Lyft and Uber to fulfill her love of interacting with people and getting to know their stories. She did not stop there though.
Kerry - a scientist at the Cooperative Human Tissue Network at Vanderbilt University Medical Center - uses her Uber money to make homemade lunch packages and deliver them to the homeless across the city. 

backseat of a car filled with food packages
The backseat of her car on the weekend is a unique sight

And guess what? It gets even better. Kerry has found an ally too.

Chatting up her customers during her Uber rides, Kerry’s initiative caught the fancy of a young 24-year-old local, Ryan Caldwell, who decided to help her.

From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to turkey rolls, the unlikely pair of friends deliver food to around a 100 homeless people  during the weekend. In addition, they are also making a list of shoe sizes that the homeless they come across may need so that they can get boots for them before winter arrives.

“Small steps in a larger problem can make a beautiful impression on your heart and soul.”
- Kerry Wiles

elderly woman


You can check out her story here:


Author's note:


Since 2017, every year, I take up the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and focus on showcasing lovely real-life heroes from around the worldThe aim is to remind you that there is still plenty of good human beings all around you... to inspire you to smile once more.

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14 comments

  1. Wow, really amazing work. We can learn a lot from her tenacity

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  2. A victim herself and helping others. It is the height of humanitarian work.
    laudable indeed

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  3. Amazing work by Kerry Wiles, being a scientist and part time uber driver and surviving cancer too she is an example humanitarian. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This is such an amazing thing to do. Humanitarian work needs only intent and initiative. All else falls in place.

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  5. This is such a great thing to do, feeding homeless people. This is so inspiring!!

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  6. despite being suffer from breast cancer, kerry has kept her spirit high and done an incredible job by serving homeless people. hats off to her for this inspiring initiative.

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  8. Coming from someone who herself is suffering from life threatening disease..this is height of humanity. These people's selfless initiatives should be talked about and Dr. Roshan your are doing commendable job.

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  9. People who have seen the worst are always more compassionate, love this series, year on year and I admire you for that doc, pls see my comments on the last two posts were not visible, did they go to spam.

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  10. So heartening to read her story. Helping others even when you may be suffering. Another postive story
    Deepika Sharma

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  11. Another heart-warming story of another hero. The world is really full of people who don't even bother about their own well-being when it comes to spread happiness.

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  12. Amazing work by Kerry Wiles, spreading happiness besides being a cancer patient .

    Jyoti

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  13. What a noble deed inspire of her being at sufferings end. good to know about her deed and hope she has good health

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  14. she is such an inspiration. she was a victum and she is helping others. wow!

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