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Group helping veteran with ramp seeks help with supplies

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A spunky Mid-Michigan veteran needs your help to get safely into his home after a fall made it too difficult to get up his steps.

He was able to find someone who could build it, but he needs help getting the materials.

“I may be an old fart, but an old fart is better than no fart,” said Dan Johnson, Marine veteran.

Johnson is absolutely one of the spunkiest self-proclaimed old farts you will ever meet. The 70-year-old Marine has enough stories for five lifetimes. They all prove he is also wise and kind-hearted.

“I feel like I’ve done my share as far as helping and I’ve enjoyed it and I want to keep on helping people,” Johnson said.

He hasn’t been able to help very many people lately. He has struggled with vertigo for much of his life.

“You kind of feel nauseous at first and then you don’t want anybody talking to you or moving or anything. Then when you do lose it, you lose your balance and fall,” Johnson said.

Two months ago, a fall left him hospitalized and needing physical therapy. That’s when Michelle Stimson stepped in.

They have been friends for more than 10 years. She heard at church that Johnson was having some trouble and knew she had to help.

“I don’t know anybody that’s more deserving. He’s been wonderful to my family and my children. So I really appreciate everything he’s ever done for us. So I’m really happy to help him,” Stimson said.

She reached out to dozens of organizations to help build Johnson a ramp, but was denied.

A builder said he could do it, but it would cost almost $1,000. That’s when Stimson turned to her group “The Davison Odd Fellows.” They agreed to do the work for free.

The quoted ramp design will take care of the steps. They have all the people to do the labor, but they don’t have the supplies.

They are reaching out for a little extra help with donations or lumber.

“I will be a lot more secure with knowing that he has a safe way in and out,” Stimson said.

Johnson said he can’t wait for that day to come.

“I just want to be able to finish my life as comfortable as possible,” Johnson said.

To help, you can contact the Davison Odd Fellows here.

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