82-year old widower David Avery was a retiree like any other, enjoying the company of his family whenever they came to visit, especially when his 7-year old granddaughter, Jess, who was the apple of his eye came along. But everything changed when he lost both his daughter and son-in-law in a freak car accident, which left Jess in a coma and hospitalized, requiring round the clock intensive care day after day.
David tried covering her hospital bills using his retirement fund, but it was nowhere near enough to pay for continued care. To pay for everything, David realized that he needed to find a job, so he began searching desperately to find a place that would hire someone his age. Finally meeting a sympathetic newspaper vendor that would accept him, giving him a job as a ‘paperboy’, requiring him to travel 5-miles a day to deliver the local paper.
Being unable to drive, David had to walk that distance every day. Through rain and shine, even in the scorching heat and freezing cold, he persevered for his granddaughter’s sake.
“I pushed my body beyond the limit to pay for my baby girl’s hospital bills. I would have done anything to save her. She was the only family I had left, and I couldn’t bear the thought of losing her.”
It was then when things went from bad to worse for David.