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Cancer Victim’s Life Made Easier By Helpful Stranger

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by Shannon Royster

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - John Clark and his wife of 35 years Colleen had a happy life.  Until one day in December he wasn't feeling well.  He had some back pain and a horrible cough.  "I ended up diagnosed with cancer, and I didn't want to believe it," said John.

It was cancer of the lungs, and it started destroying his body quickly. "It kind of started little by little then all of a sudden boom they were gone," he said.

While on a final trip to Georgia to visit family he lost all use of his legs and his arms.  John said, "once you lose control of everything its just hard to adjust to it."

Colleen was worried how she would get her husband up the stairs leading to their front door. 

"It don't look like a 130 pounds is a lot of weight, but its dead weight and she couldn't handle it," said John.

Luckily she didn't have to.  Colleen's sister Chris called The Home Depot in Hendersonville and got Kevin Turner on the line. 

"When I got that phone call, I just jumped into it and said hey I can handle this,"  said Kevin.

Kevin immediately started building a ramp.  He told his boss he was leaving and installed it within hours free of charge.  "It blows my mind big time, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart," said Colleen.

But the ramp was too steep.  So Kevin came back out again on his own time the next morning. "I didn't think twice,  I just did it.  I knew someone  needed help in the community," said Kevin. "There are angels on earth, and they're going to help you when you're in need," John said.

And because of those angels, he'll spend his last days on earth knowing he touched the hearts of many, even a stranger.

Colleen said, "My husband is such a good man, I was hoping to spend the rest of my life with him, but we had a wonderful 35 years."

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