Kenneth Broskey is a 69-year-old father and grandfather. He has also been suffering from cancer for the last ten years and has recently been told he has ten days to live. Despite this, he is still working to try and make money for his family.
The Uber taxi driver was so worried about his daughter being able to afford her $95,000 mortgage after he passed away that he refused to give up work and in a twist of fate, met Ronald Gainer, a 22-year-old student he was picking up in his cab.
After Gainer found out about Broskey’s situation, he ‘felt compelled to help him’ and not only set up a GoFundMe page with the help of his friend, Sebastian Jackson, but also hosted a fundraiser for the dying man. And with the help of kind hearted people and Uber, they have now managed to raise a massive $102,338.
Not only have Uber donated $5,000 to the cause, but anyone who uses the hashtag #UberPartnerKen will help as the company will pledge $1 for every time it is used.
Gainer said he admires Ken, but the student is just as amazing and wrote this on Ken’s GoFundMe page:
His situation reminded me of the helplessness I felt watching my mother battle (but beat) cancer when I was in high school.
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.
It is times like these we are reminded of the humanity some people possess, and how amazing websites like GoFundMe are in terms of helping people.
What goes around comes around, and Gainer is due some seriously good karma after this.