According to Detroit News, Uber announced that it will donate $1 to the crowdfunding campaign for each rider that riders the code “UberPartnerKen” into its app before April 20th. This initiative launches just after the company heart about Livonia resident, Ken Broskey, and his commitment to paying off his home before he passes away from the disease.
Campaign organizer and 22-year-old Washtenaw Community College student, Roland Gainer wrote:
“We don’t expect much from an Uber experience, other than good service and a smooth ride, but this trip was different. In just 12 minutes, I met and learned the story of Ken Wayne Broskey, a 70-year -old man who is dying of stage 4 cancer (Oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases). His doctors have advised him to go to Hospice, but instead he continues to work, trying to make as much money as possible so that when he dies, his daughter and her two children can continue to live in the house they now share with him. As a single mother and waitress, he knows that things will be hard without him and like any good father or grandfather; he worries about and wants to protect and provide for his family.
“His situation reminded me of the helplessness I felt watching my mother battle (but beat) cancer when I was in high school. My unlikely friendship with Ken has defied age, race, geographic, and economic boundaries and is bound by the common good of mankind. But, it won’t defy time. Ken is dying. He is a proud man, whose story or one similar is mirrored many times. But, it is up to each of us to move when we are moved, and make a difference when and how we can.
“After learning of Ken’s situation, it is my hope that you will help us save Ken’s house for the sake of his family. All I could do for my mom was to get good grades, which I hoped would make her feel better. For Ken, if we could buy him time, that would be our request, but we can’t. We can, however, using our relationships and resources help to give him peace—and his family their home– in his final days.”
In a recent statement, the company revealed:
“His doctors have told him it’s time to head to hospice. Instead, he continues to work, driving as many Uber rides as he can, to earn enough so his daughter and two grandchildren can continue to live in his house after he is gone. Ken’s part of our community and we’re proud to call him our partner, Today, he needs a helping hand.”
Uber Detroit has also donated $5,000 towards the campaign and has continued to devote as much time as possible to help the campaign reach its initial $95,000 goal.
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