Ailing Army veteran Lee Hernandez has one dying wish, and he literally wants you to be a part of it. This wish comes after Lee told his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, one day to hold his phone just in case someone made a decision to call him. The best way to do that, according to the veteran's wife, Ernestine, is with phone calls and text messages. "(Lee's) speech is not very well, so many people don't take much interest or want to talk to him", Ernestine told the news outlet.
His wife Ernestine then took to social media, and asked people to call him or text him because it helped brighten his day.
Last week the Arizona Veterans Forum posted Lee's request on their Facebook page; and soon, Lee found out that he was wrong. All his doctors can do to help is make him more comfortable in hospice care.
The goal, the initial post said, is to let Lee know people are thinking of him. He got tons of cards, calls, and texts from a lot of strangers that wished him the best and prayed for him to recover.
Hernandez served for 27 years and did one tour in Iraq. "It really lifts him up".
The 47-year-old veteran has been fighting this inexplicable illness for five years, but he hit "rock bottom" about a year ago. Ernestine says her husband is a "fighter" and has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going". Ernestine said that is when Lee is alert despite heavy pain medication.
Ernestine adds that if they don't answer the phone every time, it's not that they don't care, but some days Lee is in an incredible amount of pain.
"The experience is very painful, but I wouldn't have it any other way", she said. You can contact him by calling or texting at 202-632-6778 between 5 and 9 p.m. ET.