Roy Franklin is living proof of the old saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Having lived through the Great Depression, Mr. Franklin learned early on in his life the value of hard work.
Like many Americans of Mr. Franklin’s generation, saving money became key to surviving. Proud to be “a military man,” Mr. Franklin learned more about sacrifice later on when he served his country. Now, his health deteriorating with his diagnosis of stomach cancer, he has been unable to work.
Facing yet another obstacle thrown his way, Mr. Franklin only receives limited assistance due to his records being lost. For a man who always believed in working to make ends meet, the inability to support himself has proven particularly difficult. When Mr. Franklin’s hot water heater broke, he wasn’t sure how he would be able to afford such a costly necessity. Debra, a social worker, put Mr. Franklin in touch with the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.
With the generous help of money donated from other hospice families faced with similar situations, Mr. Franklin is now able to take a bath, wash dishes and do other daily chores in order to continue to lead as normal a life as possible.
The kindness of the families who donated to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund deeply touched this veteran’s heart and reminded him that “there are people out there willing to help.” Regardless of the dilemmas he has faced in life, he avows without hesitation that “God is good.”