My name is Yesenia and I lost my father, 75 year old Vietnam Veteran to Colon Cancer on 1/23/2019, one month after his diagnosis. It’s been devastating to say the least. I have found comfort in spending time with his friends at his assisted living facility. They are such an amazing group of people and being around them helps me feel closer to my father. One of these amazing human beings is his Herb. While being at the facility and learning about his group of friends I learned some devastating news about Herb.
Herb, is 96 year old WW2 veteran who has been in hospice care now for over 6 months. He is very ill but still very much with it. He misses my father so much and every time he sees me walk in he lights up and tells me how seeing me makes him feel like my father is near. He is a precious soul and unfortunately does not have any family to help fight for him. His best friend’s wife has taken on assisting him and making sure he is taken care of financially at his facility/home. Unfortunately due to his condition he needs 24/7 care which has to come from a private company and he has been using his savings account to pay for this but his savings is now officially depleted.
He received aid and attendance from the VA and his social security which help keep him at the amazing facility he is at. He has been paying for his private care needed on his own for the past 2 months at $16 an hour 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week. He did not expect to live this long, but he is, and now that his money is running out this Friday 2/15/19. Herb is devastated at the reality of having to leave not only his home, but his friends, which are truly his family and all he has. The VA has offered him a bed at one of their 24/7 care facilities but clearly this is not what he wants. He does not want to leave the only home he knows and to be honest he shouldn’t have to. This man fought for our country in WW2 and now it is our turn to fight for him. Not only will he lose his family at his facility and all the amazing staff that know and love him but he will lose his Hospice care team which has grown to know and love him. He would have to have a whole new team as the new facility is out of his current team’s jurisdiction.
He served proudly with PBSO volunteering and helping with meals on wheels as well as volunteering at JFK medical Center. This man loved to serve and now it’s our turn to serve him!
Can you please help me fight for Herbie’s dying request to die at home with the ones he loves.
I vow to keep this man at his home surrounded by the love he deserves. I know it’s hard to donate when someone is at their end of life but I beg you to find it inside your heart to think of your loved one and or even yourself when you are older how it would feel to truly have nobody fighting for you and being left to die alone. Nobody deserves this. Although Herbie is a fighter, clearly his time on this earth is near. So with that said my goal is to guarantee him at least 3 months which would be $35,712.00 but even if we can start at a month by month goal which would be $11,520. If 100 people share this within their communities and each community raises $1,000.00 that will give Herbie at least one more month for now. Ideally finding someone to sponsor his care would relieve so much stress and the guarantee that he can just live the rest of his life peacefully at home but since that has not been possible to find yet, we fight together for Herbie as a community donating to this mans very well deserved cause.
I know it’s hard to donate to someone’s end of life, so, because of this I vow that if you are able to make a donation and Herbie passes before its use, I will return those funds to you at your request. You do not have to publicly make that request on GOFUNDME and can privately message me at [email redacted] and state your name and donation amount you would like/need refunded should it not get used. But for now we need to guarantee his stay.
Any donation large or small will be forever appreciated. Please help me share this GOFUND me and lets together keep Herbie home.
Also to clarify Herbies beneficiary, Kathleen Schaum. Kathleen and her husband have been best friends with Herbie for over 2O years. After Herbie's health began to decline Kathleen was appointed his Power of Attorney and is his Guardian and friend who on top of helping him with his finances, is a part of his everyday and journey with Atria, Hospice care to include but not limit to being with Herbie at his numerous Dr appointments and providing for his everyday needs.
- T B
Organizer and beneficiary
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