A Patriotic American Army Veteran, Lee Hernandez, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
He's only 47 years young and is now confined to hospice care in his home, planning for the end. He has one final dying wish, and it involves each and every one of you.
Lee Hernandez, who lives with his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, in New Braunfels, Texas, has had a total of three brain surgeries, but still, has continuous strokes that have affected both his vision and cognitive abilities.
He served in the army for 18 and a half years, happily and proud, including a tour in Iraq, until he received his terminal diagnosis.
Doctors at his hospital said they can’t figure out what exactly the cause of his illness, and that all that’s left to do is make him comfortable while he remains alive. Lee has accepted this fate and is trying to cope.
Lee's wife, however, said that recently Lee asked her to hold his phone for him, a strange question she said. When she asked why, he said “in case someone calls,” according to her Facebook post.
Holding back tears she says that for two straight hours nobody called, and he said to her, “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”
“It broke my heart,” Ernestine Hernandez said. All he wants to do is have family and friends and he has neither, just me. She went on to say, “Lee’s speech is not very well, so many people didn’t take much interest or want to talk to him.”
Ernestine said that she then reached out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors, who started spreading the word about Lee Hernandez’s last wish.
The Facebook post garnered hundreds of reactions from people all across the country, with many promising to call, text, or send Lee a card in the mail the raise his spirits.
“He is blind so his wife can read a text but he cannot,” the post reads. “Please let Lee know that the veterans in Arizona are thinking of him!!”
Several people on Facebook posted screenshots of reactions they had gotten to their text messages to Lee Hernandez from others on the social media platform.
Ernestine Hernandez said that since the post they’ve had a major increase of calls, many of them from fellow veterans wanting to wish Lee the best and pay respect, and many of them pray with him.
“Thank you, everyone, for your calls and support,” Ernestine Hernandez said. “I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom.”
People who would like to call Lee personally can reach him at 210-632-6778. The best time to reach him is between 4 PM and 8 PM Eastern Standard Time because that’s when he’s most alert.