Grandfather With Cancer Becomes Uber Driver To Pay Off Home For His Family

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A grandfather from Michigan who’s been battling cancer for almost two years now was told 10 days ago he has about two to 10 weeks to live. Despite recommendations to look into hospice care, Kenneth Broskey, 69, is still working full-time as an Uber driver and real estate agent in the Detroit area.

Broskey, from Livonia, told ABC News today he’s trying to raise as much money as he can so his daughter, 46, and his two grandchildren, ages 13 and nine, have a place to live when he’s soon gone.

“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 said. “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.”

And thanks to a fateful Uber ride three weeks ago, Broskey has reached his goal with more than $100,000 raised in less than 1 week!

During that ride, Broskey met Roland Gainer, a 22-year-old student at Washtenaw Community College who needed a ride to downtown Ann Arbor to meet up with some friends. Gainer said he started chatting with Broskey and the casual conversation got deeper when he learned Broskey had terminal cancer — stage four oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases.

“I was asking him if he liked Uber driving and then he explained how much he loved it because he got to meet new people, and it was also helping him earn extra money before dying because he had head, tongue and throat cancer,” Broskey told ABC News today. “I felt super-compelled to help him.”

Gainer and Broskey traded numbers, and Gainer turned to the owner of a popular eclectic barber shop in Detroit for ideas on how to help Broskey, he said.

Sebastian Jackson, owner of “The Social Club” barber shop, said he got Broskey connected with a communications expert named Karen Dumas in the area, and the three of them worked together to start a GoFundMe account for Broskey this past Monday.

Broskey said though he’s been given an estimated two to 10 weeks left, he feels fine, and he’s going to keep driving with the help of morphine pills.

Gainer and Broskey also continue to chat every day, and they’re “tight friends,” Gainer said.

“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.”

Via Good Morning America

  • Tamara Branch

    Bless you’ll..

  • Wow. What a great thing to do for someone else, with no expectations. Roland, you are a Hero.

  • Xavi

    Beautiful story

  • tammy

    nice story just a little concerned about a driver taking morphine.

    • Tracy

      That’s exactly what I was thinking!

  • dee

    Great story. Nice to hear about good people helping good people. This is news worth sharing!

  • Kirsten Black

    Hospice care does not mean he would have had to stop working.They wouldactualky work with him to help him do all he coukd for as long as possible.

    • Tee

      And kill him in the process.

      • Kirsten Black

        Hospic often extends life, and gives more quality, than continuing chemotherapy and radiation up until the body shuts down.

        • lovely

          No they don’t. That’s not even they’re philosophy.

      • concerned

        so you’ve been on hospice or is a hospice staff and knows how it works–NOT–you know nothing or you would not have said that–I certainly hope you never need hospice–with your attitude it wouldn’t work for you anyway.

        • TinaBoozer

          I know that is not the truth because I have had several family members in hospice. It is end of life care! There is no life expectation, they only make you as comfortable as they can until you are dead. They do not try to prolong your life. I did not work at one but I volunteered at 2 after my father passed!

    • Barbara Richardson

      Hospice is only called in when their is nothing else a doctor can do. Most people are bed ridden and can’t do anything for themselves. This is where Hospice comes in too make sure you are getting meds,eating,helping too clean you up. They are an at home nurse that is their a few hours an on too the next patient. Granted some spend the night depending on your condition but you do have their number if you need them at times in the night. This man clearly did not need them as of yet.

      • Kirsten Black

        Actually, many people on hospice are not bedridden. Hospice definition is six months or less. People on hospice work, travel, attend family functions, continue hobbes, and live out their last days suported by a team whose goal is to make the person comfortable and provide quality of life.

        • Jessi

          My 4 year old was on hospice just because he couldn’t leave the hospital on the IV meds he had unless we were on hospice. He was actually never bedridden until the day he died. We went to Disney World on Hospice! It is a wonderful service. Our nurse only came twice a week and stayed about 10-15 minutes per our request. We were too busy living to have to spend too much time with her but she was very nice and provided the things we needed but we were able to take care of my son and his two brothers aged 2 and 6 by ourselves. People judge hospice but it is not just a service for the bedridden. My son was on hospice from March 2014 until he died July 2 2014 and he was never in bed until July 2. Hospice helped us be able to live the way we wanted to instead of living in the hospital. Why lay in bed watching daytime television and eating hospital food? My son’s last months were full of sunshine, food, family, time outs (for being naughty), sleepovers in his brother’s bed, baking cookies, travelling, etc. And it was all made possible by hospice!

          • Kirsten Black

            Jessi, my condolences on your loss, but thank you for sharing your experience. Pediatric hospice is even more feared than the adult side. I work for a pediatric palliative care team that is part of a hospice.

          • Pennylane22

            Awww Jessi, you have my deepest sympathies for the loss of your little son. Thank you for explaining more about hospices, b/c I always assumed they were just depressing experiences for the dying. Wish you all the best and hope you are constantly comforted by the wonderful memories of the good times with your boy.

          • morgansmom13

            God bless you. I’m sorry for your loss, I couldn’t imagine.

        • Barbara Richardson

          All of the people I have known were never able too continue too live a stable life. After getting the service some were never able too use it but i’m happy some people are able too continue on.

        • TinaBoozer

          Not the majority!

      • Kirsten Black

        Hospice is not just nursing, but holistic palliative care with a chaplain, a social worker, and volunteers helping support the patient and family.

  • Mrs. T. Smith

    Now that he has the money he needs he really needs to stop driving. He is taking Morphine and driving under the influence and is a danger to himself, his passenger, and others on the road!

    • Katherine Wrightsell

      Your Stupid?

      • Jeannie

        Says the person who can’t even spell “you’re” correctly KTFO!

    • Kathryn Champlin-Webb

      You’re not bright. You build up a tolerance to narcotics. He’s not DUI.

      • Brent N Marsha Lauffer

        I agree with you Kathryn im on oxycodone 30 mg I drive n stuff cause I have a high tolerance to it n I drive n do whatever I need to do IVE never got high on them I think that the ones that over medicate there selvee are the one that get DUIs but if you take your medications properly you will or can build up a tolerance and you can take your medications n be able to drive n work I know a few people like this I never knew they were on pain pills until they told me so I think he will b just fine n im sure he wouldn’t do this if he knew he could loose his job n hurt someone else it’s his body he knows his limits

      • TinaBoozer

        Some people have no idea.

    • Kcantihwd

      I agree with your theory, but I’m on morphine 30mg/12hr (little purple pill) for my stage IV stomach/liver cance, and never felt any il or drowsy side affects. Maybe it hits other people differently. It’s the nausea from the infusion and chemo pils that kicks my ass!

      • BreeLee

        God bless you Kcant… I will keep you in my prayers

    • smarter than you

      Oh God shut up

    • november61

      i agree he wants to keep experiencing life but if he hurts someone and they sue his daughter can still end up losing that house. he should go volunteer somewhere til he cant do it anymore

      • sami

        How are they going to sue his daughter because he’s driving?

    • M&M

      I’m not trying to be funny but I am on a pain patch plus morphine and I do not get high at all if you read on the bottle or box it says do not drive or operate machines until you know your reaction to the medication so he is not endangering anyone congratulations to the man for fighting until the end!

  • Autumn Perkins

    How amazing! What a sweet story. Side question- is one allowed to drive on morphine?

    • Technically, you shouldn’t be driving on morphine or other opioids because they can make you sleepy. More than likely, he’s built up a tolerance to the somnolence from taking it for so long. Otherwise, it’s generally inadvisable to drive while taking any kind of medicine that can make you sleepy or impair your motor coordination (especially alcohol!)

      • Kathryn Champlin-Webb

        That’s not true. If you have a tolerance you are not impaired.

        • I believe that’s essentially the same thing I said.

          “More than likely, he’s built up a tolerance to the somnolence from taking it for so long.”

          Meaning that he no longer gets sleepy or impaired because he’s become tolerant of the effects.

    • Kathryn Champlin-Webb

      Yes. If you have a tolerance you are not under the influence.

  • Raychelle Irby

    Keep on driving Broskey and good looking out Gainer. Folk always have something negative to say. God got you and he made a way for you to do what you love until your time is up. How many can say that?

  • Yolanda

    Wow very touching. Sorry to hear he has cancer but it’s nice to know ow there are so many great individuals in the world

  • Katherine Wrightsell

    Bless his Heart? My dad would’ve done the same for me 2

  • cilla

    Wonderful story of perseverance. And as for the Morphine unfortunately though concerning many ppl drive with much more harsher long life prescription drugs in their system. As long as it does not impair his ability to drive safely he should be okay.

  • Robin LaVerne Shaw

    People don’t know all medication doesn’t effect people the same, morphine is a strong narcotic but it doesn’t do to him with it might do to you. So stop being so stupid about this matter.

    • Kathryn Champlin-Webb

      Morphine actually isn’t that strong of a narcotic! There are MUCH stronger on the market.

  • Kcantihwd

    Charming story. I was thinking of driving Uber, as I’m in the same boat. But stag IV stomach w liver metastases. As a (56yo) person who lives alone, if it weren’t for the heartfelt outreach from so many friends! I’d be emotionally devasteted, as well

    I can now see how and why so many of those that survive such ordeals are willing to commit their lives to finding cures and comforting others. A complete shift of life’s priorities. And you really only know how much the morpheme helps, when you mistakenly run out or forget to take if. Withdrawals were far worse than the tumor pain. .

  • akhb9

    Hemp not chemo

  • diamond

    Great story and a heartfilled one too!!

  • Rikina

    God blessing to you and your family i love you keep moving

  • Rikina

    Your going to go to a beautiful place all my grandparents are there they will show you love on an angles mission

  • Pam White

    and when we think we have problems…….my prayers to this gentleman and his family..

  • T.White

    Awesome story! God is Good!!

  • Ms.P

    I wished that they were more compassionate people in this world.” If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything”!

  • skinmansd

    Limitless love comes from God, not god.

  • november61

    its a wonderful gesture of kindness

  • m

    that is why u have to buy life insurance

  • Sierra SweetPuddin Pie

    Sad truth is… chemo kills more people than the cancer does.

  • kcwilks2003

    Amazing kid……..amazing man!

  • N. A. Crawford

    I cannot even imagine what this man must feel. I wanted to cry. God bless them both.

  • Ashley

    That’s awesome!

  • Vilma Heath

    Woooow what a wonderful gift

  • Jeff

    Nice story but the least you could do is include a link to the man’s gofundme account. His unfortunate condition has provided material for you all to publish and, by the number of comments, generate a fair amount of traffic which in turn generates a fair amount of revenue.

  • Believer

    You are an angel sent to complete the good work that Kenneth had started. Roland thank you for accepting the “assignment” from our Heavenly Father. You are loved!

  • Jake Wigwam

    Hospice is a wonderful service, I salute you and all who serve and give of themselves so other can enjoy the last days of their life. GOD bless you all.

  • Lisi

    My understanding of hospice (my grandmother before she passed) was they only give you med for the pain… Nothing else. I’m so sorry for this man.. But what an Angel he is for toughing it out n working for his family. I feel bad for his family… Esp the children. I hope they all appreciate him n always remember his unconditional love for them. Thank goodness he was able to reach his goal

  • TinaBoozer

    I hope that man has way more time than the Dr’s said. It is sad to know your dad is going to die.

  • prncess4ever

    What a beautiful story!