When Kenneth Broskey decided to spend the last few weeks of his life as an Uber driver rather than going to hospice, his hope was that the money he would earn in that time might make things a little easier for his daughter and grandchildren.
He didn’t expect that he would pick up one passenger that would make his last days better than anyone could imagine.
As ABC News reports, in early April, 69-year-old Kenneth Broskey received bad news from his doctors. His cancer was no longer responding to chemotherapy and he had only two-to-ten weeks to live.
Many people might have followed the doctor’s advice to enter hospice, but Broskey’s illness had helped him realize that what he really wanted to do in his last days was help his family.
“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,” Broskey tells ABC News.
“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.”
Broskey worked as an Uber driver both for the extra money and because he enjoyed the chance to talk to different people. As it turned out, one of those Uber passengers changed everything for him.
Twenty-two-year-old Roland Gainer knows what’s is like to lose someone to cancer. He had watched one family member slip away and remembered how powerless it made him feel.
When Gainer got a ride from Broskey and heard his story, he felt compelled to help.
Working with a local community group, Gainer started a GoFundMe page with the goal of paying off the Broskey family’s mortgage. Within four days, they raised more than $100,000 — enough to ensure that Broskey’s daughter and grandchildren will have somewhere to live after he passes.
Broskey and Gainer have also become good friends.
“I admire him so much,” Gainer tells ABC News.
“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.”
It’s also inspirational love. It caused a stranger to become a friend and moved thousands to donate so that a man’s dying wish could be granted. All because Kenneth Broskey decided to dedicate his last days to helping his family.