Air Force vet suffers from terminal cancer – falls to his knees when a stranger knocks at the door

Few people enjoy living alone. Sure, sometimes we all need a bit of time to ourselves, but spending every waking hour by yourself when you’re seriously ill? I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

Air Force veteran Roy Hyde was living in a near-empty apartment; a used mattress and a pink sofa from a charity shop essentially making up the sum total of his furniture.




Although Ron didn’t have many worldly possessions to his name, he was grateful for having a roof over his head.

You see, Ron had cancer and had been undergoing chemotherapy. In his battle, he’d recently decided to make a tough decision.

He had opted to stop the treatment. Ron was unsure whether he would survive anyway, and, if he didn’t, he didn’t want his last few months of life to be defined by visits to the hospital and the sickness that comes with chemo.

He had tears in his eyes as he sat in his bare apartment contemplating a lonely passing.

For many, death is a taboo subject, despite the fact we know we’ll all experience it at some point.

Little did Ron know that his previous visit to the charity shop – to buy the very same sofa he was sitting on – would change his life.

When he had purchased the chair, he realised he had a problem. He didn’t know how to get it home, and nobody he knew could give him a ride.

Help from a stranger

Eventually, he was assisted by a woman, Laura, from Ramon, California, USA. Laura posted on Facebook that there was vet who needed some help.

Bur Ron didn’t just get help with the chair …

Two days after the sofa was moved to his apartment, he saw a large truck pulling up outside his apartment complex. Strangers from all around his neighborhood were there, as well.

Strangers surprised an Air Force veteran with a gesture that brought him to his knees! 10News – ABC San Diego KGTV United States Air Force

Posted by Hannah Mullins on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The strangers filled Ron’s kitchen with food, replaced the old mattress with a proper bed and transformed his soulless apartment into a comfortable home with all he could want or need.

When Ron saw his apartment furnished with new things, he had to turn away from the camera because he didn’t want people to see the tears in his eyes.

“It’s been a little miracle,” Ron told ABC 10 News.

Nobody knows how long Ron has left to live, but at least he can now spend his days in comfort.

You can watch the news story about the event below:

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