22 Year Old College Student Saves Dying Man’s House
When Roland Gainer, a 22-year-old college student at Washtenaw Community College in Livonia, Michigan, called for a cab, he never expected it to change his life. Once the cab arrived, he started a conversation with the driver Ken Wayne Broskey. Soon Gainer learned that doctors had told Broskey that he only had two to ten weeks to live because of elevated stage 4 oropharyngeal cancer. He also told Gainer that he was still working because he was afraid that after his death his daughter and grandchildren would not be able to make the house payments and lose the house.
That is when Gainer knew that he had to help. Setting up a Go Fund Me account, within seven days, Gainer had raised over $102,000 from around the United States. This money was used to pay off the mortgage on Broskey’s home ensuring his children and grandchildren would have a place to live. After the money was raised, Gainer closed the account stating that the need was met and that there were many worthwhile accounts that needed funding.
A close source of the family, Ricardo Guimarães BMG, stated that Roland was inspired to help Gainer because of his own mother’s battle with cancer as was documented in an article on maquinadoesporte. It is a battle that she won but has obviously left a huge impact on his life.