Grandfather Battling Cancer Worked As A Uber Driver To Pay Off His Family Mortgage.
When you become a parent your kids mean the world to you when you become a grandparent those grandkids can really take a big piece of your heart. Here are 10 stories of grandfathers who did everything they could for their grandchildren.
1. 70-year-old Kenneth Broskey of Livonia, Michigan, has stage four cancer, and his doctor doesn’t give him long to live. But Kenneth didn’t want to leave a high mortgage for his daughter and grandchildren to have to worry about. So he started working as an Uber driver to try to make some money for her before he passes.
When he told his story to one of his passengers, Roland Gainer, well, Gainer wanted to help by starting a GoFundMe page for the dying man to help his daughter and grandchildren.
2. A grandfather jumped onto the train tracks in Sydney, Australia to save his grandchild. Her stroller started rolling down a platform toward the tracks and the grandfather gave chase.
The carriage then landed directly on the tracks and the 62-year-grandfather, hearing a speeding train’s horn getting louder and louder, jumped down onto the tracks, retrieved the child and jumped off the tracks.
Seconds later, the speeding train rumbled through.
3. Despite not feeling well, an aboriginal elder, Gali Gurruwiwi, flew nearly 2,000 miles from Elcho Island to perform a special dance with his granddaughter at her graduation in Melbourne. And his granddaughter, Sasha, loved it.
Says Gali’s wife Jane: “He’s very strong in teaching his grandchildren to cling on to their values, to be able to balance Western culture and our culture. They need to know who they are, where they come from.”
4. A grandfather was watching his 3-year-old granddaughter at a duck pond in California when a strange woman came up, wrapped her arms around the little girl and tried to take off with her.
But gramps wasn’t about to let that happen. He ran over to the woman, stopped her and began a physical struggle to get his granddaughter back. He finally did and he and others at the park who witnessed it were able to keep Lindsay Frasher at the park until police arrived. She was charged with attempted kidnapping and jailed.
5. Two young children were playing in the water on Ninety Mile Beach in New Zealand when they started getting pulled underwater. Without hesitation, their grandfather, 55-year-old Jackie Wiki, ran into the waters.
He got to his grandson and held his head above water as another rescuer took the child to safety. A third rescuer saved the other child. But as they were being taken ashore, Jackie slipped beneath the waves and drowned.
Officials said if it wasn’t for Jackie acting quickly, both of his grandchildren would have died.
6. When Chad came out of the closet and told his mom, Christine, that he was gay, she kicked him out of the house and told him his lifestyle was “against nature.”
A short time later, Chad’s grandfather — Christine’s dad — wrote her a letter. A portion of it reads: “You’re correct that we have a ‘shame in the family’, but mistaken about what it is. Kicking Chad out of your home simply because he told you he was gay is the real ‘abomination’ here. A parent disowning her child is what goes ‘against nature’.”
7. In Los Angeles, Howard Broadman’s 4-year-old grandson, Quinn, was born with only one kidney, and it wasn’t functioning properly. Now Quinn was far too young for a transplant, so Howard made a deal with doctors at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center…that if he were to donate a kidney now, Quinn — should he ever need one — would go to the top of the donor’s list.
Well, the doctors did accept, and Howard’s idea has inspired at least 10 other hospitals across the county to create similar voucher programs for donors.
8. A 23-year-old Australian college student and part-time worker became a father, and seven days later, a grandfather in a series of events that changed his life.
Tommy Connolly received a message from his 17-year-old cousin Angela that she was homeless after battling addiction and dropping out of school. She was also pregnant and desperate. Tommy didn’t hesitate. He picked her up, brought her home, then legally adopted her as his daughter.
A week later, the young man became a grandfather, with the birth of Angela’s son.
Says Tommy: “She’s just a little girl who needed help. If it’s one or two years of my life I have to put on hold, to make sure two lives are going to be saved, it’s nothing at all.”
9. 51-year-old Dilip Dode, of India, became a grandfather of a little girl. She only weighed 2 pounds and because she suffered from a skin condition, Dilip’s son and daughter-in-law refused to have anything to do with her, saying they were embarrassed by the child. Even other relatives ran from her because they thought they would catch her “disease.”
So Dilip took her in and started caring for her and feeding her… and loving her. A hospital in Mumbai gave her free medical treatment, and Dilip claims she is improving. His hope is that his son and daughter-in-law have a change of heart, but if they don’t, he will raise her himself.
10. In Fosston, Minnesota, 11-year-old Lydia Walstrom is blind and has seizures because of Batten Disease, which, sadly, is also fatal. The young girl wanted desperately to go to her high school prom when she reached her teen years, but the disease may have run its course by then.
Last May, her school gave Lydia a very special exception to attend the upcoming prom. And her grandfather, Paul Magelssen, invited his sweet granddaughter to the prom with a invitation made in Braille.
The entire community then rallied around Lydia to buy her dress, have her hair styled and adorned with a tiara, and give her the biggest fairytale experience possible.
After a last dance with his granddaughter, Paul said, “I told her you are beautiful, I love you, I love you, over and over and over again.”