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Allow me to introduce you to a wonderful man that I have come grow very fond of over the last seven years. His name is Earl, and he is my stepfather. In October of 2017, Earl experienced a bad fall in the driveway of his home. He was left with a broken hip, and went to the emergency room of our local hospital here in Franklin, KY. Over the next two years, Earl would spend all but three months in and out of the hospital. He was near to the point of death four different times, with everything ranging from pneumonia to a gall bladder that failed causing septum. He was finally able to have his gall bladder removed last year after months of trying to live with it, draining it constantly to keep it from poisoning his body. The doctors had located a mass and fluid on his lungs in a cat scan in the beginning of 2018. Finally, at his final hospital stay in October of 2018, the doctors gave the news they had been hesitant to tell Earl and the rest of his family. The doctors diagnosed him with terminal lung cancer and gave him less than six months to live. He chose to leave the hospital under the care of Hospice and spend his last days at home. Over the two years that Earl was in the hospital, the medical bills began to pile up. Less than a month ago, my mother divorced him. He is now staying in his home with his sister Sue as his caretaker, and his daughter Gina who travels often from Tennessee to come and assist with his care. Gina’s husband of twelve years passed away in February, and just this morning, she had to rush back to Tennessee because her mother-in-law passed away suddenly immediately after church service. If not for Earl’s empathy, love, and compassion, my children and I would have been without a home for quite some time. He provided us a place to live when I was at my lowest point in life, and I will be forever grateful. Earl has helped my family and I many times in the five years I have lived back here in Kentucky. It is for these reasons, and so many more, that I am asking for any donation you can give to assist him with his medical bills. Due to the medical bills, and mounting debt, he is being forced to sell his home of over thirty years. The least I can do for all this man has done for me, is trying to call upon the compassion of others to donate and give to help relieve some of his burden of mounting debt and medical bills. Earl is a wonderful Christian man, with a non-wavering faith that amazes me at times. No matter what comes his way, he still wakes up every morning grateful and feeling blessed just to be alive. I respect and honor him for the positive outlook on life. I believe it is his positive and loving spirit that has allowed him to surpass the doctors’ expectation of only having less than six months to live. He is now at seven months in Hospice care, and he is still holding on strong. The picture here is Earl and his only child, his beautiful daughter Gina.
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