A Navy veteran with terminal cancer held a garage sale to raise money for his own funeral — then strangers jumped in to help

WJACTVDavid Dunkleberger and Willie Davis.
  • Willie Davis has set up garage sales every weekend at his Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home.
  • The Navy veteran has stage 4 cancer and is trying to raise funds for his funeral.
  • David Dunkleberger learned about Davis’ garage sales and decided to help him raise money.

A Navy veteran with terminal, stage 4 cancer is selling his belongings to pay for his own funeral, and now strangers want to help him raise funds.

Willie Davis sets up yard sales every weekend at his Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home, according to WJAC.

In August, stranger David Dunkleberger stopped by. When Dunkleberger found out Davis was raising money for his own funeral, he and his friend Ed Sheets decided to help by setting up a GoFundMe.

“It broke your heart, hearing the story, and we just decided we had to do something to try and help him, try to make his life a little bit easier,” Sheets told WJAC.

Davis served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, from 1970 to 1976.

He recently was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma, a skin cancer that is caused by the uncontrolled growth of the cells that make up the middle and outer layer of the skin.

After finding out the cancer is terminal, Davis decided to plan his funeral.

It’s unclear if Davis has family. He sets up his garage sales when he is not in the hospital, usually hosting the sales on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

“His parents have a burial spot in Culpeper, Virginia, and there’s a spot for him, obviously, and with that’s going to come some financial obstacles,” Dunkleberger said.

The funeral and plot could cost up to $US15,000, and Dunkleberger hopes to raise at least $US6,000 through his GoFundMe account.

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