From the Register-Mail:
Mike Keith is like a growing number of Americans. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. And like an increasing number of Americans, he couldnâ€™t afford the cost of medication.
He stopped taking the insulin pills doctors prescribed for him just months after the initial diagnosis. Five years later, surgeons started taking pieces of Mikeâ€™s lower left leg….
Other members of the community have reached out to help Mike Keith. Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity at Knox College, raised $1,000 and located a ramp the group wants to attach to the Keithâ€™s home.
The gesture gave Keith some sense of hope â€” something hard to find when confined to a bed during the times doctors arenâ€™t subtracting from his body to add to his life span.
â€œI have a wheelchair and I get around,â€ Keith said. â€œAnd chances are good they can save my right leg. Thatâ€™s the hope I have right now â€” that they wonâ€™t have to cut off any more pieces of me.â€