A heartwarming story of humanity comes from a young man who came to the aid of an elderly stranger after learning he had only weeks to live.
Ken Wayne Broskey, a 70-year-old Uber driver in Michigan couldn’t have known how his circumstances would dramatically change after he picked up 22-year-old Roland Gainer.
Broskey, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. He was was advised to enter hospice and given two to 10 weeks to live. Instead, Broskey continued to work with the hopes of earning enough money to ensure that his daughter and grandchildren would be able to stay in their home after he was gone.
“I’m very comfortable with dying,” Broskey said in a You Tube video describing his fight with oropharyngeal cancer. “It’s just like I told Roland: If I could be in my deathbed knowing that my daughter is taken care of, it’d make dying much easier.”
Broskey revealed his personal mission to Gainer in their 12-minute ride together. His story struck a chord with the young man whose mother had battled cancer when he was in high school.
Fortunately, Gainer’s mom survived, and he “felt compelled to help” when he heard Broskey’s prognosis.
Gainer set up a Go Fund Me account to raise $90,000 to pay off Broskey’s house. Uber assisted the fundraising efforts and vowed to donate $1 to the fund for every person who used the code UberPartnerKen for their Uber ride.
In just seven days, the account reached more than 3,700 people raising just over $102,000.
Even while the donations continued to pour in past the goal, Broskey and Gainer decided to halt the effort.
“Because we have achieved our goal, and there is such great need in all of our communities, we are declining further donations to allow other causes to be supported,” they wrote on the Go Fund Me page.
“We sincerely thank and appreciate everyone for their contributions. We ask that you keep Ken in your prayers, and we will keep you up-to-date.”
Needless to say, the two strangers have become fast friends and there’s no way to monetarily measure the greatness of Gainer’s gift of peace of mind to Broskey as he passes on.
Gainer eloquently expressed himself on the donation page:
“My unlikely friendship with Ken has defied age, race, geographic, and economic boundaries and is bound by the common good of mankind.
“But it won’t defy time. Ken is dying. He is a proud man, whose story or one similar, is mirrored many times.
“But, it is up to each of us to move when we are moved, and make a difference when and how we can.”
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