A terminally ill Army veteran is asking for text messages or phone calls from strangers to help him forget about his excruciating pain. He is now under hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas.
47-year old, Lee Hernandez served for 18 years and a half in the army and spent a lot of time in Iraq.
Earlier this week, he asked his wife to let him hold his phone, "in case someone calls", according to a post on the Arizona Veterans Forum. "(Lee's) speech is not very well, so many people don't take much interest or want to talk to him", Ernestine told the news outlet.
According to an interview with AZCentral, Lee's wife Ernestine says her husband is blind and he feels as though his declining cognitive abilities have deterred supporters and friends from placing a call.
If you'd like to reach out to Hernandez, give a call or text to 210-632-6778. Michelle Fawbush, a member of a Facebook group for veterans from Arizona, made a post on July 11 that inspired many to reach out to Lee Hernandez. The Texan veteran has undergone three brain surgeries, and his body is deteriorating very fast.More news: Rapper DMX charged with tax evasion: US Attorney's Office
"It broke my heart", said Ernestine.
His wife Ernestine Hernandez chose to do something about it and contacted Caregivers of Wounded Warriors.
Despite the circumstances, Ernestine discovered a simple but meaningful way to brighten Lee's day: phone calls and text messages from others. Nevertheless, Ernestine said her husband is a "fighter" and has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".
"Ernestine always shares her days with Lee and pictures, and, when she told us about no one calling, asked us to send him a text or call", she said. She says she will continue to give him the best life she can offer.
When the phone didn't ring, Ernestine Hernandez reached out to a support group, who helped spread the word.