Struggling Family in Gainesville Receives Act of Kindness
GAINESVILLE - When it rains, it pours. A family is struggling to make ends meet after mom's only chance of survival is a life- saving transplant. And then a plumbing disaster in their home. But in this case, after a selfless deed from a local business they are now singin' in the rain.
59-Year-old Mary Tague of Gainesville finds herself in the battle of her life, depending on a kidney transplant to keep her alive. For medical reasons she moved to Gainesville with her family. And while the Tagues tell me they've heard about Gainesville being a close community they'd never experienced it first hand until Wednesday.
Three times a week Michael Tague drops off and picks up his wife Mary Tague, at the hospital. After losing her sight because of diabetes, doctors diagnosed her with stage 4 kidney failure. "I was afraid I would never be able to watch my grandchildren grow up and see the changes in them," Mary said.
The Tagues moved from their 27-year-old home in Summerfield to Gainesville so that Mary could receive treatment at the UF Health Dialysis Center. For over three years she has been on dialysis, which does the essential work her kidneys can no longer do. An expensive treatment that is taking a toll on the family financially.
To make matters worse, Wednesday they began encountering serious plumbing issues in their home. That's when they contacted "Kempton & Self Plumbing Services." However the services were adding up to the hundreds, an amount the Tagues couldn't afford. "We just couldn't leave them not being able to flush any toilets, run any sinks, anything what so ever," Jeff Kempton the owner said. "It was quite a job, quite an episode as he may have told you but we were just happy to do something for somebody that was definitely in need."
After hearing their story Kempton decided not to charge them a dime. "He is just one of those human beings you don't come across often," Michael said. "And when you do you need to make note of people like this."
An act of kindness that keeps this family going. "Be active. Be kind. Get out there and help people if you can. You will get rewarded some way or another," Mary said.
In two weeks Mary will find out whether she needs a dual transplant or not. Due to Hepatitis C her liver has also been affected. In the meantime the Tague are grateful for this selfless act. If you'd like to help this family:
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