For His 100th Birthday, Texas Army Veteran Wants Just One Thing
Find out how you can help this deserving vet.
Dana Carroll makes it a point not to ask for much. But as the modest Army veteran nears his 100th birthday, he's hoping for one thing: a walk-in bathtub.
Carroll, who lives in Frisco, Texas with his 88-year-old wife Gwen, served 21 years in the military. He was drafted into World War II when he was 24-years-old. Later, his service in Korean earned him a Purple Heart.
Unfortunately, a medical issue earlier this year has left Carroll reliant on a walker, making bathing a serious challenge for the elderly vet.
"I am literally worn out because I have to help him bathe, I mean I can hardly lift him anymore because he's almost dead weight," Gwen told CBS11.
A walk-in bathtub would cost several thousand dollars—money that they simply do not have.
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Luckily, a Facebook post by a neighbor has brought strangers from all over America together to give back to the man who gave so much to his country.
"Initially, I just reached out to the family to see if there was anything as a community, we could do to celebrate his birthday," Carroll's nephew, Jamie Heit, told NBCDFW. But what he got, was an outpouring of support that has extended far beyond Frisco.
Inspired by the response, Heit started a GoFundMe for Carroll's walk-in tub, which quickly exceeded its $7,800-goal.
"That was the one thing he wanted for turning 100," Heit told NBCDFW. "That's it. Just a bath."
Donate to Carroll's bathroom renovation here.