Pass the Cash: School bus driver surprised in hospital room

Schannon and WAVE 3 News anchor Dawne Gee (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Schannon and WAVE 3 News anchor Dawne Gee (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's more than just a saying it is part of life. Bad things happen to good people. What is also true is that there is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.

We prove that every Wednesday when we Pass the Cash. This week's journey started on with a nomination form filled with love and concern.

Schannon Robinson would do anything to help her dear friend William and his wife Dale. They had been best friends since high school at Suda E. Butler in southwest Louisville. 

"Dale she's a school bus driver," Schannon said.

Our plan was to surprise William at home but the real surprise was that William was back in the hospital.

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"He had been having some respiratory issues for the past couple of months," Schannon said.

William and Dale know hard times - but it's also hard to keep either of them down. 

"In a robbery attempt someone was breaking into his home on the Parkway and he got shot in the leg which caused the leg to amputated," Schannon said.

He lost his leg but not his spirit. He spends most of his time coaching kids and caring for family. This time we are taking care of him. We had $300 from WAVE 3 News to give to him, we also had donations adding to a total of $520 to pass.

Soon everyone, including the nurses, was in on the surprise– except William who had not idea we were there to Pass the Cash.

"Dawne has given me this money to give to you and I want you to count it with me," Schannon told William. "That's for you brother cause I love you so much."

Shock turned into gratitude and joy. William took a few deep breaths and a bit of reflection.

"It's just nice to know that people care about you," he said.

Love, sharing and friendship are always great medicine. William said his family is doing the best they can.
"My wife, she's been missing work trying to be up here with me cause she's worried about me," he said.

William and his wife find a way or make a way. We just had to make sure he understood the cash that was passed to him was for him and all the battles he was facing.

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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