Whitesburg KY

There are times when we all need a helping hand

To the Editor:

There are some times in life where everybody needs a helping hand. It can be financial or just a friend.

My son, Jason Adams, is going through a health crisis now and he needed both and the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department helped us with both. They had Jason a benefit and their friendship and compassion is a rare thing this day and time.

When Jason found out he had thyroid cancer we were devastated. We did not know what to do or where to turn to.

A member of the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department called me and asked, “What can we do to help? Then we can host him a benefit to help with his treatment and traveling expenses to and from Lexington’s University of Kentucky Hospital and treatment center since Jason is not working now.”

We did not expect the outpouring of kindness and compassion. We do not live in the Gordon community, but that made no difference to them. Within three days they had the benefit set up and were calling to ask if there was anything else they could do to help.

Larry Jones made the statement that this building and site was bought and built with coal severance tax money and it belongs to the people of Letcher County and that impressed me because all fire departments in Letcher County are not run this way. Maybe they should be.

These people in the Gordon area are doing an excellent job with their fire department. The building is equipped with anything you need and the building and grounds are spotlessly clean and the volunteers are caring and compassionate people who are trying to make a difference in Letcher County. But they desperately need an ambulance service in the Gordon, Sugar Grove and Linefork area. That is the most remote place in Letcher County without an ambulance service. It will take an ambulance 45 minutes to an hour to drive from Jeremiah or Whitesburg to Gordon. It doesn’t matter which road you take and that is not acceptable to these people in that area. They deserve better than that.

I can’t mention everybody’s name who is involved with the fire department and I don’t want to leave anybody out. They were all too kind to us to leave anyone out and everybody who had helped John and Franka in any way by saying a prayer or financially or stopping by for a visit. I have my own list and Ray and I want to thank you.

Update: May 15 Jason had a 5 1/2-hour surgery at the UK Hospital in Lexington. The surgery was more in-depth than we anticipated but he is gaining strength every day. He’s had to go back to Lexington twice for blood work and he will be starting his treatment June 30 at the Markey Post Cancer Center in Lexington. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers because that is where our strength comes from.

Thank you and God bless.


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