Wood Man's Widower fund

$121,375 of $120k goal

Raised by 5,139 people in 3 months
Leslie Smith
on behalf of Kenneth Smith
 BILOXI, MS
Hi. My name is Leslie Smith. This fund is for my father Kenneth Smith. He is 80 years old and has always been a hard working man all of his life.  His wife (my step-mom) has been battling cancer for a few years.  He was selling kindling fire wood to make ends meet. On a fixed income of social security alone, it can be hard to do.  His wife lost her battle with cancer a few weeks ago and now his income has been cut in half.  They spent their life savings during her cancer battle. He is still selling fire wood for extra income but some people have asked if they could help him out so this is the reason I have setup this account for him.  #GoBeyondGiving
Post from : Jessica Pittman "I was stopped at the stop sign as the funeral passed. That's when I snapped the picture of him standing there with his hat over his heart. I already had so much respect for Mr. Smith but this just moved me. I was brought to tears. My 9 year old daughter was with me. She didn't understand why I had tears. So we had a great conversation about respect. I was honored and thankful to witness it and for it to be a lesson for my daughter".
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Update 9
Posted by Leslie Smith
20 days ago
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Gone but not forgotten
She may be gone but not forgotten.
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Update 8
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20 days ago
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We will be ending this gofund me account in the next few day but first I just wanted to say thank you for all the generosity of so many people. A large burden has been lifted off my father. This experience has been truly an eye opener to the kindness in this world. Some people have asked about his bills so I can tell you yes he has taken care of any outstanding bills. thank you for your suport. Leslie Smith
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Update 7
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1 month ago
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Happy Belated 80th Birthday Pop!
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Update 6
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Thank you for your support. This has touched many people in our family. It has given us a different view of humanity and the generosity of strangers.
Hard work keeps you young
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Becky Stewart
3 months ago

My Dad just came by and he is as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. He said he "hoped people did not think he was begging for money." I told him people thought he was inspiring. He has always worked hard. He is grieving and likes to stay busy. His Social Security is less than $1000/ a month with no extra cash. He is loved. Thanks so much for the donations your outpouring of love is what I find truly inspiring. Thank be to the Lord

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Judy Magee
3 months ago

God Bless this man with his honor and dignity. Anyone who knows of a hard working man whom is proud of his acheivements would never ask the hospitals and doctors to "forgive" his or his wife medical bills. Nor would he ask for hand outs. Mr. Smith, know that you deserve this as much as any man and that your strong values is what make this a great country. I assume that you are probably a private person as most men of your standards are and don't really crave this attention. I must believe that your story will reach thousands of people. Know that if this reaches and changes just one young person who may not have had the same upbringing as you that you have done this counrty a wonderfull service.

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Lauren Grusby Cabanas
3 months ago

Is there a way to contact the hospital or doctors to let them know that this man cannot pay those bills? They should write them off and let this man stop worrying about this. So incredibly sad but something has to be done.

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Twee Win
3 months ago

Hi Leslie, hospitals normally have assistance, what they called HCAP. For an application, call them and apply for your father. Based on limited income, they can write it off or give him a large discount so he isn't overburdened by all the bills. All the best to your family.

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Kirsten Meng
3 months ago

First time donating on GoFundMe. All the support from Vancouver, British Columbia. I know the struggle to pay-off bills and help out the family. Been working my ass-off to get into university, studying in engineering, and working on Co-op. THANK YOU for fighting despite the odds against you. Hoping health care will be publicly funded like in Canada!

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Bobbi Kay Noble
3 months ago
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Your dad is an inspiration! I hope he knows how many people who is teaching through his actions. God Bless Him and I hope this money helps. He is greatly admired and I hope he can find peace with his loss.....God Bless Ya'll!

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Kelly Denoyer Russell
3 months ago
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The lesson that should be learned here from folks is not how to "declare bankruptcy" or get out of paying for his hospital bills but the character of this man to take care of his own and be responsible for his debt. This is a humble man of great character which shows by his actions and even his response to the outpouring of support. Well deserved if I might add! There is a lesson to be learned by many here and a reminder to many of generations of past.

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Karen Albert Winslow
3 months ago
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Im sure if you talk to the hospital they have charity if he is unable to pay the bills. I could not pay mine and they forgave my bill. Please call the financial office.

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Les Floyd
3 months ago
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I'm afraid I can't help at the moment, as I'm pretty much on the knife edge and gravitating towards ending myself, but it's a bright moment to see such a wonderful gesture blossom into the beauty that is. As Henry's Cat (a cartoon cat in the UK) says: "Money doesn't bring happiness, but it brings misery in luxury." I hope his heart is smiling.

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Dana Cowart Heath
3 months ago
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It's so good to see God's love in action.

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Heather Wrin
3 months ago
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I lived in Gulfport for many years. Always proud to tell people how great the people on the Gulf Coast are. Sorry for your family's loss.

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Janey Braida
3 months ago
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Sending Blessings and Prayers For Strength during your grief ! The WORLD is Round The place that may seem like the end is only just The Beginning....... Rest your mind and let your HEART heal some.

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Natalie Eastwood
3 months ago
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A $60,000 bill for this elderly man to remember his wife by... The focus SHOULD be about hospitals, doctors & pharmaceuticals OVER charging, WAY OVER charging to make their greedy yet brilliant profit - wow! The realistic charge (with a "decent" profitable markup) is more like $5,000. Appalling to place such stress on society with an unethical absurd markup. THE CHOICE: Will I live to pay this gigantic bill (stressful) or will I die & leave it to my darling (stressed out) hubby? Shame on that industry - shame.

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Monica Alice
3 months ago
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My most sincere condolences to this man and his family. The love he had for his wife, and his incredible work ethic is we should all appreciate and admire.

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Robert Ben
3 months ago
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I´m really sorry that i can´t donate more and I hope everything works out in the end :)

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Jessica Stanton
3 months ago
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Hi Mr. Smith! I hope you have a great thanksgiving. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. The dedication you've put into paying for this medical treatments & debt speaks volumes to me. It definitely does NOT seem like you're begging, so please don't feel that way. Much love.

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Victoria Hodges
3 months ago
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I too lost my husband to a long battle with cancer August 9 .. My prayers are with your sweet dad .

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Laura LowLow Bracy
3 months ago
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No one should have to suffer the loss of their loved one as well as be worried about their future. People seem to be so very touched by this man and his hard working , loving, caring self. So glad to see the goal reached and gone over in less than one day!!! amazing!!! Clearwater, FL.

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Debbie Lopez
3 months ago
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God bless you and sending prayers your way.

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Kris Temple Bowen
3 months ago
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I donated earlier...I'm from Ms..let's see how far this reaches...post where you are from!! : ) I think he's going to make it, what an awesome Thanksgiving he will have..prayers to this sweet man!

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$121,375 of $120k goal

Raised by 5,139 people in 3 months
Created November 20, 2016
Leslie Smith  
on behalf of Kenneth Smith
TL
$20
Tonya LeMay
4 hours ago

I lost my dad to lung cancer in May of 2016, this story pulled on my heartstrings this morning. I will pray for peace and comfort for Mr. Smith and his family.

RM
$10
Robin Miller
6 hours ago

❤❤

CS
$10
Craig Stiffler
7 hours ago
CM
$20
Chris Moore
8 hours ago
$25
Art Jeyes
9 hours ago

May the Lord help you in this time of need...

BC
$10
Brendan Crowley
9 hours ago

God bless you, your wife and your family sir!

CB
$10
chris baltazar
11 hours ago
$20
Anonymous
13 hours ago
AH
$10
Alaina Haviv
14 hours ago
$200
Anonymous
23 hours ago
Becky Stewart
3 months ago

My Dad just came by and he is as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. He said he "hoped people did not think he was begging for money." I told him people thought he was inspiring. He has always worked hard. He is grieving and likes to stay busy. His Social Security is less than $1000/ a month with no extra cash. He is loved. Thanks so much for the donations your outpouring of love is what I find truly inspiring. Thank be to the Lord

+ Read More
Judy Magee
3 months ago

God Bless this man with his honor and dignity. Anyone who knows of a hard working man whom is proud of his acheivements would never ask the hospitals and doctors to "forgive" his or his wife medical bills. Nor would he ask for hand outs. Mr. Smith, know that you deserve this as much as any man and that your strong values is what make this a great country. I assume that you are probably a private person as most men of your standards are and don't really crave this attention. I must believe that your story will reach thousands of people. Know that if this reaches and changes just one young person who may not have had the same upbringing as you that you have done this counrty a wonderfull service.

+ Read More
Lauren Grusby Cabanas
3 months ago

Is there a way to contact the hospital or doctors to let them know that this man cannot pay those bills? They should write them off and let this man stop worrying about this. So incredibly sad but something has to be done.

+ Read More
Twee Win
3 months ago

Hi Leslie, hospitals normally have assistance, what they called HCAP. For an application, call them and apply for your father. Based on limited income, they can write it off or give him a large discount so he isn't overburdened by all the bills. All the best to your family.

+ Read More
Kirsten Meng
3 months ago

First time donating on GoFundMe. All the support from Vancouver, British Columbia. I know the struggle to pay-off bills and help out the family. Been working my ass-off to get into university, studying in engineering, and working on Co-op. THANK YOU for fighting despite the odds against you. Hoping health care will be publicly funded like in Canada!

+ Read More
Bobbi Kay Noble
3 months ago
8
8

Your dad is an inspiration! I hope he knows how many people who is teaching through his actions. God Bless Him and I hope this money helps. He is greatly admired and I hope he can find peace with his loss.....God Bless Ya'll!

+ Read More
Kelly Denoyer Russell
3 months ago
7
7

The lesson that should be learned here from folks is not how to "declare bankruptcy" or get out of paying for his hospital bills but the character of this man to take care of his own and be responsible for his debt. This is a humble man of great character which shows by his actions and even his response to the outpouring of support. Well deserved if I might add! There is a lesson to be learned by many here and a reminder to many of generations of past.

+ Read More
Karen Albert Winslow
3 months ago
5
5

Im sure if you talk to the hospital they have charity if he is unable to pay the bills. I could not pay mine and they forgave my bill. Please call the financial office.

+ Read More
Les Floyd
3 months ago
4
4

I'm afraid I can't help at the moment, as I'm pretty much on the knife edge and gravitating towards ending myself, but it's a bright moment to see such a wonderful gesture blossom into the beauty that is. As Henry's Cat (a cartoon cat in the UK) says: "Money doesn't bring happiness, but it brings misery in luxury." I hope his heart is smiling.

+ Read More
Dana Cowart Heath
3 months ago
4
4

It's so good to see God's love in action.

+ Read More
Heather Wrin
3 months ago
4
4

I lived in Gulfport for many years. Always proud to tell people how great the people on the Gulf Coast are. Sorry for your family's loss.

+ Read More
Janey Braida
3 months ago
2
2

Sending Blessings and Prayers For Strength during your grief ! The WORLD is Round The place that may seem like the end is only just The Beginning....... Rest your mind and let your HEART heal some.

+ Read More
Natalie Eastwood
3 months ago
2
2

A $60,000 bill for this elderly man to remember his wife by... The focus SHOULD be about hospitals, doctors & pharmaceuticals OVER charging, WAY OVER charging to make their greedy yet brilliant profit - wow! The realistic charge (with a "decent" profitable markup) is more like $5,000. Appalling to place such stress on society with an unethical absurd markup. THE CHOICE: Will I live to pay this gigantic bill (stressful) or will I die & leave it to my darling (stressed out) hubby? Shame on that industry - shame.

+ Read More
Monica Alice
3 months ago
2
2

My most sincere condolences to this man and his family. The love he had for his wife, and his incredible work ethic is we should all appreciate and admire.

+ Read More
Robert Ben
3 months ago
2
2

I´m really sorry that i can´t donate more and I hope everything works out in the end :)

+ Read More
Jessica Stanton
3 months ago
2
2

Hi Mr. Smith! I hope you have a great thanksgiving. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. The dedication you've put into paying for this medical treatments & debt speaks volumes to me. It definitely does NOT seem like you're begging, so please don't feel that way. Much love.

+ Read More
Victoria Hodges
3 months ago
2
2

I too lost my husband to a long battle with cancer August 9 .. My prayers are with your sweet dad .

+ Read More
Laura LowLow Bracy
3 months ago
2
2

No one should have to suffer the loss of their loved one as well as be worried about their future. People seem to be so very touched by this man and his hard working , loving, caring self. So glad to see the goal reached and gone over in less than one day!!! amazing!!! Clearwater, FL.

+ Read More
Debbie Lopez
3 months ago
2
2

God bless you and sending prayers your way.

+ Read More
Kris Temple Bowen
3 months ago
2
2

I donated earlier...I'm from Ms..let's see how far this reaches...post where you are from!! : ) I think he's going to make it, what an awesome Thanksgiving he will have..prayers to this sweet man!

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