Whether you’re religious or not, “Give, and you will receive” is spot on. It certainly is for David. When he couldn’t get up the stairs anymore, couldn’t make it to his own bed, his friends, neighbors, and well-wishers came through with a donated hospital bed, wheelchair, and all the equipment needed to set him up on the first floor of his home. They offered rides to the doctor, kept him company when he was home-bound, shoveled his snowy driveway in the middle of the night, and showed him the same unconditional service he gave his community for 42 years.
It’s been nearly a year since David and Pat began the fight of their lives. David learned his sleuthing skills were correct, and he’s one of only 300 known cases of polymyositis. He needs a wheelchair almost all the time now – he’s just not strong enough to walk on his own for long. Pat, by the way, is currently cancer-free. Woot!