What a way to help a man end it all.
Ideally, browsing through yard sale isn’t really a life-altering event. However, or three men from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, it actually was.
Ed Sheets and David Dunkleberger were busy browsing through the goods of a Navy veteran when he shared a story with them.
However, with the kindness of strangers, Dunkleberger and Sheets just might have brought some peace into the life of a dying man.
“I’m looking to sell all my stuff so I can pay or a funeral”
On that fateful day, which was last month, the two men picked out a few finds and made payments to the homeowner Willie Davis for the items they choice.
Davis just had a little request for the two men; to help publicize his weekly yard sales.
He told them, “If you know anyone else who might be interested I’m looking to sell all my stuff so I can pay for a funeral”
The men asked, “Whose”
“Mine,” he said
Davis, who is a 66-year-old veteran from the Vietnam War and served in the Navy from 1970-76, has been diagnosed with late-stage squamous cell carcinoma.
Squamous cell carcinoma, which is a common form of skin cancer, is responsible for 15,000 American deaths every year. Davis told the men that his case is terminal, and the only goal he had was to bankroll his funeral.
He admitted that he was scared of staying long in the hospital- not because of his illness, but because he won’t be able to sell his things on the weekends. The only thing he wasted was to be buried beside his parents in a cemetery in Culpepper, Virginia. However, that goal seemed out of reach for him.
“I’m really going to miss life because of people like that”
Sheets said that he was heartbroken after hearing Davis’ story, and he was compelled to provide some form of help.
“He has already done enough to serve the country, so we just wanted to return the favor to him so that at least, his last days can be a little less hectic and more peaceful for him,” Sheets said.
The two men set up a crowdfunding page online for Davis, with an aim of earning $5,000 to cover the expenses of his funeral.
The page said, “We have all thought our lives were bad, and we are going through some rough times. But imagine having to worry about being able to sell all your belongings just before you die, just so you will be able to get buried next to your parents”
The men eventually raised the goal to $15,000 (considering the fact that funerals can be quite expensive), but online supporters were able to quickly raise that amount as well.
Now, the fundraiser has been able to put together over $27,000, with the new goal now being $40,000. As per the wishes of Davis, any money that doesn’t go to the funeral will go towards helping struggling veterans like him.
About the amount of support that he received, David said to the Tribute-Democrat, “I honestly never expected that someone will come along like this. The guys went way beyond what I ever expected”
As a matter of fact, long before the money for his funeral was raised, when they had just $475, David made an observation.
These people are willing to help anyone. I’m really going to miss life because of people like that”
You can donate to Davis’ fundraiser here.