Wood Man's Widower fund

$132,040 of $140,000 goal

Raised by 5,681 people in 23 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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I would like to thank everyone for there support. I am making this update not for my father but for a dear friend of ours Jolie Bor. She is in the fight for her life. she is a loving mother with 3 kids. She has been working a very stressful job to support her family that caused here to have an ulcer that she did not know she had. before she knew the seriousness of this ulcer it ruptured the lining of her stomach and leaks into her abdomen causing her to become septic. Before she could get to the hospital she has a seizure. She was taking to the hospital for emergency surgery. She has been unconscious and on a ventilator now for about 3 weeks. today 9-9-18 they took the ventilator out and she is starting to respond to commands. her hospital bills will be astronomical and she will have a very long road of recovery. One of the side affect of the multiple surgeries is the need for dialysis . If all you can do is share her gofundme page it I will be forever great-full. go to this link below to help https://www.gofundme.com/join-jolies-fight
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Happy 81st Birthday Pop. I hope you have a blessed day.
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Gone but not forgotten
She may be gone but not forgotten.
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Happy Belated 80th Birthday Pop!
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Becky Stewart
23 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
23 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
23 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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Kelly Denoyer Russell
23 months ago

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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Twee Win
23 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
23 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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Natalie Eastwood
23 months ago

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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Bobbi Kay Noble
23 months ago

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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Karen Albert Winslow
23 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
23 months ago
8
8

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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Janey Braida
23 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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Heather Wrin
23 months ago
6
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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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Peter Russell
21 months ago
5
5

We absolutely do not think you are begging good sir. You are a good man going through some hard times. You did not ask for this but god willing he saw your work and heart and said enough is enough. I pray you get some solitude, healing, and can rest and grieve without worrying about those medical bills. And do not ever think you begged in any way. You are a man standing on a corner selling wood to pay your medical bills. And god saw that and said enough is enough, Rest my brother.

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Laura LowLow Bracy
23 months ago
5
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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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Dana Cowart Heath
23 months ago
5
5

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

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Monica Alice
23 months ago
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4

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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Jessica Stanton
23 months ago
4
4

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
23 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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Kimber Lee Kay
11 months ago
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I can't donate because of money problems, but if I could, I would. I just wanted to say God bless you. Your wife was indeed a very lucky lady!

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Robert Ben
23 months ago
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3

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

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Anonymous
18 days ago
$23
Wade Purdy
1 month ago

I have donated a couple of times and hope we all get there. So close now.

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
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$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
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$20
Scott Willie
3 months ago
1
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Sorry for your loss

PJ
$25
Patricia Johnson
3 months ago
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It's not much but I hope it helps a little. You're a very inspiring gentleman.

NM
$20
Nozomi Miller
6 months ago
2
2

Saw an article about Mr. and Mrs. Smith on Facebook. It made my heart very full and warm Thank you I wanted to help if the GoFundMe page was still up and here it is! It's really not much but so much love and respect is included Good luck to Mr. Kenneth and his family Many blessings.

DR
$30
Doug Rebecca
6 months ago
2
2

May God grant you serenity. You have my deepest respect.

Becky Stewart
23 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
23 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
23 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
Kelly Denoyer Russell
23 months ago

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
Twee Win
23 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
23 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
Natalie Eastwood
23 months ago

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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Bobbi Kay Noble
23 months ago

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
Karen Albert Winslow
23 months ago
8
8

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
23 months ago
8
8

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
Janey Braida
23 months ago
7
7

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
Heather Wrin
23 months ago
6
6

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
Peter Russell
21 months ago
5
5

We absolutely do not think you are begging good sir. You are a good man going through some hard times. You did not ask for this but god willing he saw your work and heart and said enough is enough. I pray you get some solitude, healing, and can rest and grieve without worrying about those medical bills. And do not ever think you begged in any way. You are a man standing on a corner selling wood to pay your medical bills. And god saw that and said enough is enough, Rest my brother.

+ Read More
Laura LowLow Bracy
23 months ago
5
5

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
Dana Cowart Heath
23 months ago
5
5

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

+ Read More
Monica Alice
23 months ago
4
4

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
Jessica Stanton
23 months ago
4
4

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
23 months ago
4
4

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

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Kimber Lee Kay
11 months ago
3
3

I can't donate because of money problems, but if I could, I would. I just wanted to say God bless you. Your wife was indeed a very lucky lady!

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Robert Ben
23 months ago
3
3

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

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