The United States, which some call the greatest country in the world, doesn’t have universal health care. This means that some of us who are sick, and some who are dying, have to choose between the care that will save our lives or pay crucial bills for housing and transportation.
Sometimes when we become sick, we’re no longer able to work and pay for care or our bills.
Michelle England found herself in that position when her breast cancer returned. The mother and grandmother was no longer able to work because of chemotherapy which made her feel sick and weak. Since she couldn’t work, it was harder for her to make payments on her house, car, and electricity.
She found herself unable to make a car payment in December and had her car repossessed. This meant that she had to walk 20 minutes to a bus stop just to take a bus to chemotherapy.
England showed up to Tri-State Auto Sales with $100 toward the balance on her car to prevent them from selling it.
However, they refused to take her check. That’s because the dealership paid off her car in full. They also filled up the tank with gas, gave her a new set of tires, checked her fluids, and her brakes.
Michelle was so overwhelmed with their kind gesture that she broke down into tears when they told her the news.
The entire Tri-State Auto Sales team were in tears as well.
“This is all I could pay,” she told WCPO in tears. “And they paid it all for me. This is just such a blessing. You guys, you just don’t know.”
Thankfully, England is currently in remission and hopes that she stays that way so she won’t have to endure any more chemotherapy.
“Just pray for me that it stays in remission,” she said. “Because if it comes back again, no more. No more chemo.”
Their kind gesture allowed Michelle to have another year of driving around with her grandchildren to look at Christmas lights.
“Thanks to ya’ll, this is one tradition that we’ll get to keep,” she said. “When you go through breast cancer and you get somebody special in your life…they were just angels for me. People might feel like nobody’s there for you, but, ya’ll, this is a prime example.”
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