This is such a sad story of a young man, Allen Heck, who has become a hero in many peoples eyes after saving a 9-year old girl who was drowning in the Cowlitz River in the southwest area of Washington state last week. What is even more sad, is that his life had gone down hill due to complications with diabetes and not being able to hold down a job that long which meant he was unable to afford treatment and medication for his diabetes. He had tried to get a disability designation in order to help afford these life sustaining items, but it just didn't seem to pan out for him.
To top that all off, his dream to serve in the Army three years ago was squashed due to being rejected because of having diabetes. After that his life seemed to spiral out of control to the point where he was living in a shelter at the time of his death,. Recently doctors had told him he’d be lucky to see his 25th year - and they’d downgraded it down to 21. Sigh, I thought it was bad enough when I was told I’d only live to see 40. Why oh why did the doctors say this to him?
How can this sort of thing happen in our country is what is going through my head right now as I read his story. It just doesn’t sound right!!! Reading about Allen’s life - so full of promise - is just a very hard thing for me to understand. It makes me weep.
To read more details of this hero - please go to this link - http://www.katu.com/news/51748747.html
May he rest in peace!