LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been labeled the golden years. The time when you retire and spend the rest of your life doing the things you want to do. It is often tarnished by illness, fixed incomes and struggle.
This week as we Pass the Cash it is a good feeling to see the difference we can make when we work together.
Donations to help us Pass the Cash came from every direction as we stood at the intersection of Trevillian, Taylorsville and Bardstown Roads. Then out of nowhere a call for help. It was Joy McKinley and she wanted to help her friend Sherry.
"She lives in my building. We are senior citizens," Joy said.
Joy and Sherry are not only friends they are neighbors and they have coffee together every morning.
"She had to go on insulin like two days ago and it's going to be a big cost for her that she wasn't ready for," Joy said.
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Financial surprises on a fixed income can be devastating or at the least very difficult.
"She could really use some help at this point in her life," Joy said.
WAVE 3 News always passes $300 in cash. This week we also had a little extra money from folks who stopped by to give a helping hand and a few dollars.
Joy knew Sherry was home.
"I have a special knock," she said.
A little under the weather, Sherry was also under the covers in her pajamas and certainly not ready for her close up.
Sherry watches WAVE 3 news and each Wednesday she waits to watch Pass the Cash. This time it was her turn to receive a little help to get the medication she must take.
"Oh that is unbelievable. Thank you Joy," Sherry said. "I love you so much."
Sherry had a prescription from her doctor for insulin but she didn't have the money.
"I actually wasn't going to get it," Sherry said.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control many Americans don't take their medications as prescribed because they just can't afford them.
"My pills weren't helping my blood sugar anymore so he wanted to put me on insulin, my doctor did, and it was going to be 200 some odd dollars," Sherry said.
Sherry has a good friend and we hope soon good health with a little help from Pass the Cash.
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 wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.