When Kenneth Broskey, 69, and Roland Gainer, 22, met during an Uber drive, the two never imagined the friendship that would form.
According to ABC News, Broskey has been battling cancer for almost two years and was told he only has about two to 10 weeks to live.
In order to make more money to help his daughter and grandchildren have a more secure life once he passes, Broskey is working full-time as an Uber driver and real estate agent, despite his cancer.“Once I pass away, chances are my daughter, who’s a part-time waitress at a small restaurant in Livonia, will lose the house we live in because she won’t be able to afford it anymore,” Broskey told ABC News. “So I’m doing everything for her and my grandkids at this point. When you find out you’re dying, you realize your family and friends are so important.”
That is where Gainer comes in. The two met during the Uber ride to downtown Ann Arbor. Gainer learned that Broskey had terminal cancer – stage four oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases.
According to ABC News, Gainer wanted to find a way to help Broskey reach his goal of paying off his home mortgage for his daughter. He turned to the owner of “The Social Club” barber shop who connected him with a communications expert named Karen Dumas.
A GoFundMe account was set up where over $22,000 was raised within three days, $5,000 of which was donated by Uber, the company’s Midwest representative Brooke Anderson told ABC News.
“The company will continue donating an additional $1 for every rider who uses the promo-code “UberPartnerKen,” through April 20th,” Anderson added. “Ken is part of the community, and we were so struck by how he’s continuing to support his community and family every day even in the face of such challenges.”
“The Social Club” barber shop also held a fundraiser dinner on Wednesday that raised an additional $400 to $500, Gainer and Broskey said.
Broskey said though he’s been given an estimated two to 10 weeks left, he feels fine, and he’s going to keep driving.
“I admire him so much,” Gainer said. “Oh my god, his love for his family is limitless. This man is dying of cancer, and yet he’s still out there driving an Uber cab just for his family every day. That’s indescribable love.”