Thursday, 03 April 2014
My wife, Kaitlin and I both grew up in Franklin, and when we got older and got married, we both knew that we wanted to stay here in this community. One of the biggest reasons that we knew that we wanted to stay in Franklin, was the wonderful closeness of friends, families, and neighbors. We had both grown up our whole lives, seeing communities come together to support one another, and neighbors helping neighbors. It instilled in both of us a sense of how to be kind, generous, and uplifting to those less fortunate, or in need, and it’s something that we will never forget.
Never did we expect, however, that the day would come that we would be the ones on the receiving end of that same kindness and generosity. A couple of months ago, I had a very unexpected, completely unforeseen medical emergency that very nearly cost me my life. Emergency surgery saved me, but then I started on the road to recovery. The overwhelming generosity was evident immediately, as donations of food and money to help with the bills started coming in. My wife was spending her every moment caring for me, and the food was a tremendous help, but we were still worried about our medical bills, especially considering the work that we were both missing.