A Navy veteran in Pennsylvania received help from a couple of strangers after they discovered the yard sale he was holding was to help cover the cost of his own funeral.
The two friends started a GoFundMe account for the man, which has exceeded expectation.
> David Dunkleberger and his friend Ed Sheets pulled into a yard sale in Brownstown last month. The man running it, 66-year-old Willie Davis, said he was selling his belongings to pay for his funeral.
> Davis, who served in the Navy in the 1970s, has been diagnosed with cancer.
> ‘‘It broke your heart, hearing the story, and we just decided we had to do something to try and help him, try to make his life a little bit easier,’’ Sheets told WJAC-TV.
Davis said his cancer was initially misdiagnosed last year, but after a biopsy, he was told the squamous cell carcinoma had spread to his bones.
Dunkleberger’s initial $6,000 goal was later changed to $40,000, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the fundraising campaign had surpassed $62,000.
The men said in an update on the GoFundMe page that extra funds will be used to help other veterans with funeral expenses:
> Once Willie’s funeral expenses and any applicable taxes/fees/etc. are paid for, the remaining available funds will be used to help other veterans struggling to cover funeral costs. We are currently working with Willie to determine the best way to distribute the funds. Any additional updates will be posted here on the page.