Pedal to the Metal: Filipino Woman Drives 600 Miles to Rescue Her Family After Storm

With a death toll over three thousand and rising, entire towns flattened and supplies in very short demand, one women decided to take matters into her own hands

After days of not knowing if her family was safe in the wreckage left by Typhoon Haiyan, Regina Sculley rented a van, packed it with 45 gallons of water, 110 pounds of rice, some cash and hit the road to find out.

According to the New York Daily News, Sculley, 33, left her home in Angeles City, north of Manilla, and drove south for two days, covering 600 miles to get to a village in Leyte province. The plan was to drop off supplies to the town's residents, and (hopefully) find the eight family members living in the village and bring them back to Angeles City. I can imagine the relief when she did. “I saw my mom and I just cried and I hugged her,” Sculley told the Daily News.

She packed her family -- and 19 other storm survivors she just couldn't leave behind -- into the van and headed back to safety.

“People say I’m a hero. I don’t know about that,” she said.

Well, I bet the people she pulled out of that village that was completely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan think she's a hero. I think she's a hero. I can see her flying down that road, thinking only one thing, "Hold on, I'm coming for you." But to her, she was just a woman on a mission to get to the people she loves the most. “My family is my responsibility. For me, I’m just giving them back what they put in me.”

Heather M. Graham is iVillage's Health Editor. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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