Pass the Cash: Friend finds a way to help man facing medical bills

Jay (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jay (Source: WAVE 3 News)

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - We got lots of hellos at Spring and Silver Streets in New Albany, Indiana, but what we needed was one person to stop and help us Pass the Cash. 

Jay was not sure exactly what to do, but he knew exactly who he wanted to Pass the Cash to - his friend Charles.

"He actually on May 9 will be returning to the doctor for a growth that is cancerous to find out if he's going to have to have surgery," Jay said.

Jay is not a man of many words but he explained the mental stress and the financial strain has been a bit overwhelming.

"You know he's having financial troubles," he said.

Before we went to Pass the Cash, we received $340 from ATA College. Their goal is to prepare students ready to go into the medical field. We never know where we will end up we when take to the street with our sign but this was a perfect Pass the Cash fit.

In addition to the $340, WAVE 3 News provided $300, for a total of $640.

I explained to Jay that he was the one passing the cash. When we got to Charles, he did just that.

"With what we know is going on, we already claim victory over it. In light of that's it kind of slowed you up a little bit," Jay said as he handed him the cash.

Charles was grateful, among other things.

"I'm surprised," Charles said, "I'm nervous 'cause I'm surprised. I saw you I was like 'what?'"

But Charles watches WAVE 3 News.

"I saw the truck pull up. I didn't see you then I saw you and I knew what was up. I appreciate it. I never thought this would happen to me though," he said.  "This feels wonderful."

Charles doesn't mention the word but he talks about the wait, waiting for the call to see what is next in his life.

"I'm optimistic," he said. "I'm moving forward one leg at a time, one step at a time."

But for now, with his cash in hand he said his next move would be, "I'm gonna look at it for a while I guess," he said.

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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