A cancer-suffering grandfather from Michigan who was told 10 days ago that he has about two to 10 weeks left to live has taken up a second job, in an effort to pay off his family’s home before he dies.
Ignoring advice to get himself checked into hospice care, 69-year-old Kenneth Broskey is working full-time as an Uber driver and a real estate agent in the Detroit area.
Broskey, from Livonia, Michigan, said that he’s trying to earn as much money as he can, so that his daughter and two grandchildren, ages 13 and nine, have a home to live when he’s soon gone. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Uber driver Kenneth Broskey (right) met Ronald Gainer (left) and told him of his terminal cancer — stage four oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases.
Broskey told ABC News:
Once I pass away, chances are my daughter, who’s a part-time waitress at a small restaurant in Livonia, will lose the house we live in because she won’t be able to afford it anymore.
So I’m doing everything for her and my grandkids at this point. When you find out you’re dying, you realize your family and friends are so important.
Thanks to an incredible Uber ride three weeks ago, the grandfather is now more than $42,000 closer to paying off his family’s $95,000 mortgage.
2. The chance meeting led to a GoFundMe fundraising account being opened for Broskey to help pay off his family’s $95,000 mortgage. It has so far raised more than $42,000.
During that memorable ride, Broskey met Ronald Gainer, a 22-year-old student at Washtenaw Community College who needed a ride to downtown Ann Arbor where he was to meet up with friends.
Gainer explained that he began chatting with Broskey and their conversation got deeper when Broskey told him of his terminal cancer — stage four oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases.
Gainer told ABC News:
I was asking him if he liked Uber driving and then he explained how much he loved it because he got to meet new people, and it was also helping him earn extra money before dying because he had head, tongue and throat cancer.
I felt super-compelled to help him.
The two men exchanged their phone numbers and Gainer turned to Sebastian Jackson — the owner of a popular eclectic barber shop in Detroit — for ideas on what to do to help Broskey.
3. Gainer and Broskey continue to chat every day, and they’ve become “tight friends”, according to Gainer.
Jackson said that he connected Broskey with Karen Dumas — a communications expert — and the three started a GoFundMe account for Broskey this past Monday.
Jackson told ABC News:
It’s so inspiring to see racial and generational gaps be broken for a good cause. I wanted to help in any way I could.
More than $42,000 was raised within four days and $5,000 of that total was donated by Uber, according to the company’s Midwest representative Brooke Anderson. She said:
The company will continue donating an additional $1 for every rider who uses the promo-code “#uberpartnerken,” through April 20th.
Ken is part of the community, and we were so struck by how he’s continuing to support his community and family every day even in the face of such challenges.
4. A Uber driver with terminal cancer picks up special passenger — an ABC News report.
The Social Club barber shop then held a fundraiser dinner on Wednesday which raised $400 to $500 more, Gainer and Broskey said.
Though he’s been given an estimated two to 10 weeks left to live, Broskey says he feels fine and he’s going to keep driving for Uber, with the help of morphine pills.
Meanwhile, Gainer and Broskey continue to chat every day, and they’ve become “tight friends”, according to Gainer. He said:
I admire him so much. Oh my god, his love for his family is limitless.
This man is dying of cancer, and yet he’s still out there driving an Uber cab just for his family every day. That’s indescribable love.
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