In 2007, while teaching at Holcombe Rucker High School, I met a flashy kid in the South Bronx, NY. He was from Marcy Projects in Brooklyn (You know… The same projects as Jay Z!). As a kid he was a hellian, according to his Mom! His mother moved him to Virginia to get away from NYC living and his biological father was missing in action. Unfortunately, during his first year of high school, in Virginia, he managed to fail every single class! Yeah, it wasn’t looking very promising for this kid.
During his sophomore year of high school a few colleagues/friends of mine decided to create a mentoring program, “Men of Majesty”. Our hope was to take a dozen Alpha males, such as Roland, and give them guidance into manhood. We staged the format similar to Fonzworth Bentley’s “From G’s to Gents”. Venturing to broadway plays, city wide scavenger hunts in NYC, camping trips, and mingling with millionaires was the bate to enable their minds to grow. The effects of mentorship is real people! In a nutshell he graduated within the top of his class. I always knew he would be destined for greatness! Check out Roland’s most recent attempt to help a dying friend fulfill his last wish. #inspirationexpert
The Ride of His Life
By: Roland Gainer
We don’t expect much from an Uber experience, other than good service and a smooth ride, but this trip was different. In just 12 minutes, I met and learned the story of Ken Wayne Broskey, a 70-year -old man who is dying of stage 4 cancer (Oropharyngeal cancer with lung metastases). His doctors have advised him to go to Hospice, but instead he continues to work, trying to make as much money as possible so that when he dies, his daughter and her two children can continue to live in the house they now share with him. As a single mother and waitress, he knows that things will be hard without him and like any good father or grandfather; he worries about and wants to protect and provide for his family.
His situation reminded me of the helplessness I felt watching my mother battle (but beat) cancer when I was in high school. My unlikely friendship with Ken has defied age, race, geographic, and economic boundaries and is bound by the common good of mankind. But, it won’t defy time. Ken is dying. He is a proud man, whose story or one similar is mirrored many times. But, it is up to each of us to move when we are moved, and make a difference when and how we can.
After learning of Ken’s situation, it is my hope that you will help us save Ken’s house for the sake of his family. All I could do for my mom was to get good grades, which I hoped would make her feel better. For Ken, if we could buy him time, that would be our request, but we can’t. We can, however, using our relationships and resources help to give him peace—and his family their home– in his final days.
In the first day of the campaign Roland raised $16,000 for his good friend Ken! Help them reach their goal of $95,000!
Click here to assist Ken’s dying wish!