Wood Man's Widower fund

$120,065 of $120k goal

Raised by 5,094 people in 2 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 7
Posted by Leslie Smith
3 days ago
Happy Belated 80th Birthday Pop!
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Update 6
Posted by Leslie Smith
10 days ago
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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Update 5
Posted by Leslie Smith
17 days ago
Hi. I just want to say thank you to the many people from all over the world. Your kind generosity has been overwhelming. My Father has had a large burden lifted from his finances with all the donations. He is not the kind of guy to just sit back and relax. You may still see him selling fire wood from the roadside but now he is doing it to give himself a since of belonging to the community and he like to talk to the local people that visit him.
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Update 4
Posted by Leslie Smith
1 month ago
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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Becky Stewart
2 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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Lauren Grusby Cabanas
1 month 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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Judy Magee
1 month 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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Twee Win
1 month 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
1 month 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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Kelly Denoyer Russell
1 month ago
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6

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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Bobbi Kay Noble
1 month ago
6
6

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
1 month 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.

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Dana Cowart Heath
2 months ago
4
4

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

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Heather Wrin
2 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.

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Les Floyd
1 month ago
3
3

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
1 month 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.

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Natalie Eastwood
1 month 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.

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Monica Alice
1 month 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.

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Robert Ben
1 month ago
2
2

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
1 month 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.

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Victoria Hodges
1 month ago
2
2

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
1 month 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.

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Debbie Lopez
2 months ago
2
2

God bless you and sending prayers your way.

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Kris Temple Bowen
2 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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$120,065 of $120k goal

Raised by 5,094 people in 2 months
Created November 20, 2016
Leslie Smith  
on behalf of Kenneth Smith
KM
$40
Kristian Micheals
3 days ago
2
2

I am so pleased that the target has been raised - so here's a little bit more. Please tell your Father that he's not begging! Wishing him a very happy 80th birthday 'all the way from the UK'.

$25
Jackie Athon-Hodsdon
3 days ago
1
1
$485
Anonymous
3 days ago
1
1
$10
Anonymous
5 days ago
1
1
YF
$20
Yadira&Alex Fulgoni
5 days ago
1
1

He deserved to relax now. And enjoy his life❤️

$25
Anonymous
7 days ago
1
1
SF
$5
Saleta Fdez
7 days ago
$5
Pam Garza
7 days ago
$5
Carolima Gaona
7 days ago
$10
Ivan Guribe
8 days ago

God Bless you!

Becky Stewart
2 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
Lauren Grusby Cabanas
1 month 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
Judy Magee
1 month 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
Twee Win
1 month 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
1 month 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
Kelly Denoyer Russell
1 month ago
6
6

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
Bobbi Kay Noble
1 month ago
6
6

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
1 month 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
Dana Cowart Heath
2 months ago
4
4

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

+ Read More
Heather Wrin
2 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
Les Floyd
1 month ago
3
3

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago
2
2

God bless you and sending prayers your way.

+ Read More
Kris Temple Bowen
2 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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