ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- A Marshall County veteran is asking for the community's help. He has level four heart failure that requires him to make trips to UAB in Birmingham every week. Right now, he says the community's support is helping him and his family get by.
Greg Bledsoe says he served in the Armed Forces for ten years. "I'm a veteran, Army veteran. I served in Vietnam, and a couple of other places around the world." After that his job title was a police chief, but then health issues started to take over.
"Along the way I ended up having nine heart attacks total," Bledsoe explains.
Many medical visits later Bledsoe was sent to UAB in Birmingham. "My heart is too weak for a transplant, so they went with the LVAD and that's where we are now."
Bledsoe and his wife make trips to Birmingham every week. Sometimes, several times a week. "My wife works for the hospital here in Boaz," Bledsoe explains, "Right now we're living just on her income, and it's kind of hard with her income, and we have three children at home still, in school."
Bledsoe says insurance doesn't cover all of the extensive medical expenses, and there are still everyday bills.
They were told about GoFundMe, the online fundraising site."We're basically living off of the GoFundMe account right now," Bledsoe says, "We don't like to ask, but sometimes you have got to have help, and we try to help when other people need it, so I guess it's come back around to us now."
Recently, a local family donated a generator that is needed to keep medical machines running in case of a power outage.
The community is showing a generosity Bledsoe and his wife can't say how much they appreciate. Right now, that generosity is what's keeping them going.