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On Christmas night, disabled Navy veteran Robert Simpson's houseboat home sank in it's slip at Lake Murray Marina in Irmo, SC. Robert, a brittle diabetic, was inside, semi-conscious and unaware of his dire situation due to extremely high blood glucose stemming from a change in his insulin. 
His neighbor, Terry Connor noticed his boat sinking quickly and was able to pull Robert and his three dogs out just before the boat sank. Connor is credited with saving Robert's life, and those of  "Sam",  "Trouble" and "Coda", Robert's miniature poodles. 
The boat was Robert's permanent home. He lost all of his belongings with the exception of his wallet, keys and medication. And....the flag he has kept since serving our country in the Navy.  
Thanks to a caring neighbor, Robert is able to temporarily stay in a houseboat listed for sale across the dock from his former boat. 
His Navy roots cause him to want to remain living on the water with his companion dogs. 
We are raising funds to help Robert make the down payment and to purchase the items necessary to start over. We are especially dedicated to this mission due to Robert's having served our country in the Navy as an underwater welder, during which time he became 100% disabled.


  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Nancy Davis
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Ernest Rachal
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Lisa Heisler
Irmo, SC
Robert Simpson

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