Lee Houston went through a wide range of emotions when he was diagnosed with cancer, and when he began chemotherapy his eyes were opened to a whole new world.
“It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you so many people around you that have it much worse than you do,” Lee said. Surrounded by friends and family, Lee was paticularly moved by the folks who are alone in chemo, and the ones who even have to take a taxi to treatment as they have no one to drive them.
Instead of focusing on himself, he and his wife would often discuss what they could do for others.
One of the things Lee really appreciated in the treatment room were his Chemo Buddies. As it turns out, one of his favorite buddies — Nancy Holderread — actually lives down the street from him, they are neighbors! It moved Lee’s heart to see how much the Chemo Buddies were helping everyone in the treatment room and he began to ask Nancy how he might be able to help Chemo Buddies.
Nancy explained that Chemo Buddies operate independently as a non profit, and are completely reliant on donations. So Lee discussed it with his wife and made the decision to donate all of the money ($200) from a fundraiser, held to benefit him, to Chemo Buddies instead. Even in his darkest hour, he was thinking about how to come alongside others still in the fight.
What a hero.
Erika Taylor, a friend of the family, had organized the fundraiser for Lee and when he told her what he wanted to do with the money, she agreed wholeheartedly. “It’s just the kind of man he is,” she said. “This is why everyone loves him, this is why he is such a community leader, he is always thinking of others.”
I agree Erika, he is very special.
To the Houston family, to Erika, to Nancy and to all the folks who contributed… from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
Chemo Buddies is a non profit charity, all donations are tax deductible.