Meet Dart’s Scott Draper & How He Honors His Family With Every Mile He Drives

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On this edition of the Dart Network Podcast, you’ll meet Scott Draper, the new driver behind the wheel of Dart’s Breast Cancer Awareness Truck. As you’ll hear, Scott felt a strong call to submit an application to fill the open seat of this special truck within the Dart company fleet. Scott’s new ride features decals of the iconic pink ribbon that has become the symbol of American Cancer Society’s ongoing Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. For Scott, the opportunity to drive this truck provides him with a rolling tribute to his mother and his sister. As you’ll hear Scott tell PodWheels Network Executive Producer Greg Thompson during our interview, Scott lost both his mother and his sister to breast cancer in recent years. And while the pain of those losses is still present, Scott shares with Greg how driving across the nation’s highways these days has also allowed him to the feel hope and inspiration his new truck delivers with every mile.

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Announcer:

Coming up next on the Dart Network Podcast, you’ll meet Scott Draper, a company driver in the Dart fleet who recently was given the opportunity to honor his mother and sister with every mile he drives. As you’ll hear in this preview. Scott is now the proud driver of Dart’s breast cancer awareness truck.

Scott Draper:

To finally do something for my mother and my sister… Now, I’m starting to recognize more people out there that have dealt with this horrible disease. The response that I get, I didn’t realize that, before I was seated in the truck, makes me feel good for the people that come up and shake my hand. The people that come up and want to take pictures. I know my mom and my sister recognizing that also makes me feel even better.

Announcer:

Welcome back to the Dart Network Podcast. Thanks for connecting with us again on the PodWheels Network. In this edition of the podcast you’ll meet Scott Draper, the new driver behind the wheel of Dart’s breast cancer awareness truck. As you’ll hear during our interview, Scott felt a strong call to submit an application to fill the open seat of the jet-black truck in the Dart company fleet featuring decals of the iconic pink ribbon that has become the symbol of the American Cancer Society’s ongoing breast cancer awareness campaign.

Dart’s breast cancer awareness truck also offers encouraging words for those afflicted with breast cancer and their families. As many of you in the Dart Network know, “Drive Like A Boss” has been a slogan associated with Dart for many years. With the breast cancer awareness truck, Dart placed an inspirational twist within those words, by displaying a “Fight Like A Boss” decal on the big rig. For Scott Draper, his new ride provides him with a rolling tribute to his mother and his sister. As you’ll hear Scott tell PodWheels Network Executive Producer Greg Thompson during our interview, Scott lost both his mother and his sister to breast cancer in recent years. While the pain of those losses is still present, Scott shares with Greg how driving across the nation’s highways these days has also allowed him to feel the hope and inspiration his new truck delivers with every mile.

Greg Thompson:

It’s our pleasure to welcome in Scott Draper to the Dart Network Podcast. Scott was recently seated in the breast cancer awareness truck that is in the Dart fleet. Scott, welcome to the Dart Network Podcast, and congratulations on your new ride.

Scott Draper:

Thank you, Greg. I greatly appreciate it. I’ve been really enjoying the response that I’m getting from driving this truck.

Greg Thompson:

Scott, speaking of your ride, the breast cancer awareness truck is one of the specially badged trucks in the Dart fleet. It’s got the pink bows on both sides of it as well as on the front of it, and it says, “Fight Like A Boss.” It’s much like the military trucks in the Dart Network fleet in that it pays tribute to a group or a cause. When we talk about these special trucks, there are personal stories behind the trucks. You guys have to apply to be seated in the trucks. Tell us a little bit about your story, about how you became the driver of the breast cancer awareness truck in the Dart fleet.

Scott Draper:

I saw an advertisement that y’all were looking to seat somebody into the breast cancer awareness truck. I lost my mom and my sister through breast cancer. I have always wanted to do something more to recognize that (loss) was really hard. Pleasing them to be able to be seated in this truck, and show that breast cancer awareness really meant a lot. I had that opportunity and have really enjoyed it. The response is amazing people coming up, wanting to take pictures, just telling me stories about losing loved ones to breast cancer.

Greg Thompson:

If you don’t mind. I’d like to go a little deeper with you here.

Scott Draper:

Not at all.

Greg Thompson:

You shared with us that you lost your mom and your sister through breast cancer. I’m sure that this truck and being out there, getting the interactions that you are with people as they see it, is that helping to bring you closer to both your mom and your sister to honor their memory? Could you talk about that a little bit?

Scott Draper:

Definitely. I know they would be proud. I know they’re proud to see what I have done, and I am able to do – to show this truck to be able to drive it, to help other people realize that have gone through that pain and that suffering of losing a loved one through breast cancer. This symbol shows it.

Greg Thompson:

I know that you were aware of this truck being in the fleet, and you were able to see Debbie Chapman out there on the road, or at least some pictures of events where Debbie brought the trucks to events that brought awareness to breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. Debbie herself is a breast cancer survivor. When you saw that truck, what was your first reaction when you saw the truck in the Dart fleet?

Scott Draper:

The first reaction, I guess was when it was advertised. They were looking for somebody to be seated in this truck. I had not really seen the truck (in person). I started pulling up YouTube’s of Dart breast cancer truck. The first site that came up was they had the truck at the Colosseum. They had a truck pull raising breast cancer awareness, and they had this truck in it. A bunch of people that had dealt with breast cancer were out there doing the truck pull. It was really, really impressive. It made me realize how many people are dealing with this issue. That’s what really hit me. I want to be in that truck. I want to show my support for cancer awareness.

Greg Thompson:

Dart has military-wrapped trucks in the fleet and those are great. They bring awareness to the service and sacrifice of our military veterans who are currently serving, and those who have served in the past. There are military-themed trucks are out there with other fleets. They’re not a lot of them, but there are some. One of the things about the breast cancer awareness truck, and this speaks volumes about Dart, and getting behind the cause. I don’t know that there’s any other truck like yours in the country. What is it like to be driving such a unique truck? What does it say Dart, and their support of breast cancer awareness?

Scott Draper:

It’s truly an honor to work for a company that supports breast cancer awareness, and I have not seen any other trucks (like this one). I’ve seen the breast cancer decal on trucks, smaller emblems, stuff like that, but nothing this big. Like I said, it’s truly an honor to work for Dart and for Dart to support breast cancer awareness. I could not be more grateful to be seated in the breast cancer awareness truck. Like I said, the recognition that I get from just people coming up and wanting to take pictures to shake my hand. The way it recognizes breast cancer –  it’s definitely an honor.

Greg Thompson:

Scott, I’d like to talk to you a little bit about your career in trucking. I know from speaking with you earlier, you’ve been in the industry for a little while. Tell us how you got into the industry, and then how you found Dart.

Scott Draper:

I was doing alarm systems, commercial and residential. I did that for about 10 years. They started coming out with the wireless systems, which pretty much took over what I did. (These were) hardwired systems into residential home and commercial businesses. I got laid off and I decided to start looking around, and I found trucking to be a stable career. I got into the industry and I’ve been in trucking for about nine years now.

Could not find that company that wanted to get me home, which was very important with my family for me to be home on weekends. I started researching around and I found Dart. Really high reviews, home time. I ‘ve been with Dart for six years, I’ve really enjoyed it. The fleet managers that I’ve had have been great on working with me and getting me home. I really enjoy the runs that I make. I stay busy. I don’t sit like I used to do in other trucking jobs that I had worked for. I don’t plan on going anywhere I plan on staying here. Dart’s been really good, especially after this opportunity where I’ve been seated in this truck. Just the growth that I’ve had with this company has been really good.

Greg Thompson:

Can you talk to us a little bit about the team in operations and the support you get from the folks behind the scenes at Dart? What’s different about Dart than the other places that you’ve been?

Scott Draper:

There were three other companies that I worked for prior to getting with Dart and the communication was very poor. Before I got in with Dart, I took probably about six months off. I was just really irritated with the industry. I enjoyed what I did as far as driving my deliveries and everything were there, but I was more like I was sitting. I wasn’t making loads. I wasn’t making a good income. The stability was very poor.

I took the time to research and find a good company that offered something better to me. Dart has been incredible. I very seldom have to call in, unless it’s a smaller issue. Pretty much our computers take care of everything for me. The fleet managers have always had a load of available for me. I’ve never sat. I’ve always stayed busy and I keep me busy all throughout the week. I get home on weekends. I never seen that with a trucking company. I think that’s why I’ve been here for so long. It’s the support that I get, especially from my fleet managers. I’ve been with Brian Munson, and he has been my fleet manager now I believe for about two years. He’s incredible. The support that he gives me and the fact that he takes time out to make sure that, “Hey, we need to get this driver home.” He does that. He’s done that several times. That’s very impressive to me.

Greg Thompson:

Scott, you’ve mentioned a number of times that getting home is very important to you. I wanted to ask you about getting home with the breast cancer awareness truck. Tell us about your family’s reaction to the truck who has seen it, and what have they said about it.

Scott Draper:

My Dad, he went through a lot –  to lose his wife and his daughter through the breast cancer. That was hard for all of us. When I sent him the pictures, and he got to see the truck, he was really impressed with that. I’ve gotten a lot of support from my fiancé. She was very excited. She knew my sister very well. They grew up together. It really touched me for the family to see the truck. The response I got online, especially through Facebook, people in my family were really thoroughly impressed.

Greg Thompson:

When you first learned about this opportunity, and you applied for it, that’s one step, but then to be seated in the truck is another step, right?

Scott Draper:

Yes.

Greg Thompson:

There was a reality to that. Wow….Okay… Now, I’m in this, right? I’m honoring my mom. I’m honoring my sister, and I’m honoring all of those who have encountered breast cancer who have battled to the end. I’m honoring people who have battled through it and have survived. And I’m honoring all the families. You had that feeling, right? Then you’re able to share that with your family. Talk us through being seated, and that first reality for you to like, “Wow, I’m here.” Then to actually start sharing that with your family. Then, the sense of pride that you have in what you’re able to represent. How you’re honoring your mom, your sister and, as we said, all of those… To have that opportunity has had to be very special to you.

Scott Draper:

Definitely special. It’s definitely an honor to honor my mother and my sister, but not necessarily just them. This honors all the other people that have dealt with breast cancer, their family members that have dealt with breast cancer. I didn’t really realize it as much until I got into the truck and the response that I got. But, being in this truck, just driving down the road and people coming up throwing me thumbs up and waving at me… Looking at the truck.

I’ve had people pull up next to me taking pictures. I just never realized the response that this truck would bring just from pulling up to get fuel. The opportunities of people wanting to come up and take pictures. It really means a lot to me. It makes me feel even more special to be able to be in this truck. The opportunity to help spread cancer awareness is truly an honor. What a better way to do it, to honor my mother and my sister. I’ve got that opportunity and it really makes me feel good to do that.

Greg Thompson:

Scott, you mentioned a moment ago that you’ve been able to share pictures with your dad. Has he been able to see the truck yet? If not, what are your plans to show him the truck?

Scott Draper:

My dad has not got to see the truck yet. I’ve been super busy. I’ve worked during the week and get home on weekends. I spend time with my fiancé and my grandchildren. Don’t get to see my dad that much. Father’s Day is coming up and we have plans to have him over. He will be able to see the truck then. I’m truly looking forward to that band seeing his response to finally get to see the truck. I think he’ll enjoy it.

Greg Thompson:

That’ll be quite a moment when you guys do a walk around of the truck and then have him be able to climb up aboard the truck. I know he’s probably been in other trucks that you’ve had, but this is obviously a special one. That’s going to be a very cool Father’s Day gift for him.

Scott Draper:

Oh yes, definitely, definitely. I think he’ll be truly impressed.

Greg Thompson:

Scott, when you think about it, that’s going to be a very, very cool, and meaningful Father’s Day gift for your dad to be able to walk around and experience the truck. In a way, it’s going to be a Mother’s Day gift as well as you guys as a family. You’ll be able to celebrate your mom and your sister. The fact that you guys are survivors. That allows this truck to speak very loudly, don’t you think?

Scott Draper:

Yes, I do. For me to be able to be seated in his truck, and to bring it home and show my family, then a big response, more than I ever imagined, especially just showing the pictures. Then there’s the response that I get through family members that I haven’t heard from in a while. It’s just kind of amazed me to be able to bring my dad over and let him finally see the truck. I think it will be a true honor to recognize my mom and my sister. for me to be seated in this truck. I think my dad would be proud. Now for my dad to be able to see this truck and recognize how much effort I put into showing breast cancer awareness, and to have this opportunity to be seated in his truck, I think he’ll be proud.

Greg Thompson:

You’re now able to carry your mom, and your sister with you with every mile that you drive. As you go down the road certain times, are you able to kind of reflect on that a little bit, not that that is a constant, but now it’s got to be kind of a warm thing that you’re able to honor them? You’re able to not only carry freight, and move the American economy, but you’re able to carry forward their memories. Just kind of a special feeling as well, right?

Scott Draper:

Yes, it is. Like I said, they would be truly honored to see me in this truck, and I know that they can see me in it. I know they’re honored, and they’re proud. It was really hard dealing with all of that. I still deal with it every day, especially being in his truck more and more.

Greg Thompson:

When you lose your mom, and you lose a sister, when you lose a family member, when you lose a friend, those things are very difficult. They stay with you for a long time. As you said, some of that doesn’t go away, right?

Scott Draper:

It’ll never go away.

Greg Thompson:

Exactly. Now there are different ways that we cope with these situations. We’re always moving forward and, in particular for somebody who’s a professional driver, you’re always about the next mile. You’re always about moving forward. You’re looking in your mirrors for safety. But having this truck, does this make those times when you look back a little easier? Does that smooth that hurt a little bit to know that, “Hey, I’m honoring my mom and my sister.” Yes, it hurts but…

Scott Draper:

Like you said, yes. Yes, it does. It helps a lot to be able to finally do something for my mother and my sister. Now I’m starting to recognize more people out there that dealt with this horrible disease. The response that I get to this truck. It makes me feel good for the people that come up and shake my hand. The people that come up and want to take pictures. I know my mom and my sister, recognizing them, that also makes me feel even better.

This opportunity to be seated in Dart’s cancer awareness truck… I did not realize the response that I would get, but the more I’m in this truck, the more I see that.  And it makes me feel good. Also, I am honoring my mom and my sister.

Greg Thompson:

You’re driving around a piece of inspiration. People can look up at that, and go, wow. Whether you’ve been touched by it, or you haven’t, this allows people to be acutely aware of a disease that we continue to fight. You are driving around a piece of inspiration.

Scott Draper:

That’s it, that’s it exactly. People that are going through it, or have been through it, when they drive by, and they see this truck, or I pull up into a fuel station… They see this truck brings back memory of a loved one. Also, it brings up what they’re dealing with right now – maybe a loved one, a family member dealing with breast cancer. This truck just brings that symbol –  that big pink ribbon, the symbol for breast cancer awareness.

What an honor to be able to show that. You see this breast cancer symbol awareness on cars, quite a bit. But to be able to show it on a big truck. Showing that ribbon – what an honor. I’m very grateful, very grateful.

Announcer:

That’s Scott Draper, the new driver behind the wheel of Dart’s breast cancer awareness truck. We would like to thank Scott for his time and perspective. Before we go we would like to once again, invite you to share your feedback with us. If there’s a topic you would like to hear us cover, or you have an idea for a podcast, please let us know. You can use the feedback section at the bottom of the podcast player on the app to send us a note, you’ll see a link to an email in the feedback section, or if you would like send us an email to [email protected].

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