" I'm a person living with cancer and I've had experiences where people would take advantage of that"
Lori Bari of Ocala is referring to past experiences with service workers, but her view of them is slightly different today thanks to one man.
Nathan Gurney with All Heating and Cooling was just out performing a task he does on a daily basis.
"It's an annual inspection on an existing system, at her address."
Sounds basic enough but after discovery a few problems with Lori's system, Gurney had to deliver some bad news, repair costs would easily exceed $1000,
" I explained that i live on disability, i have cancer, i said thank you, but i can't do it, because i don't have the financial capacity."
Lori was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2006 and was told she had between 12-18 months to live.
After outliving 3 separate prognoses., she just didn't have the funds to pay for the air conditioning service.
But after speaking with his boss, Gurney told Lori that they wanted to provide the service to her for free.
" Asked for nothing in return, all I asked him was why would you do that? He was very shy, and he smiled, and he said, because we want to help people."
Gurney, who Lori now refers to as "her angel", still says he doesn't feel like he was doing anything out of the ordinary.
" There's no words, I didn't expect anything out of this, I was just doing my job."
For Lori, words can't express what the act means to her.
"saying thank you isn't enough, I mean, they don't know me, they've never met me before, yet they found kindness to let me have some comfort."
Gurney thanks his bosses for giving him the opportunity to perform the act and says he just wants to set an example for his family.
"Well, I would hope someday, someone would do it for me, and my children, I've got to leave them a good example."
Lori credits faith and Dr. Berger at Ocala Oncology for getting her through the tough times.
And she wanted to get a message out to anyone else dealing with cancer.
"With love, faith, and good doctors, we don't know when you're going to die, so please focus on living, until your last breathe, you just have to hope."
And these days a little more comfortable than before.
Mike Gismondi TV20 News.
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