Cancer is certainly one of the toughest battles someone can face, hence not many people are able to make it out of alive. 65 year old Kirby Evans, is one fortunate cancer survivor who was able to fight off basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, 7 years ago, however, he lost his left eye and nose to the disease.
The elderly man cannot afford reconstructive surgery and is unable to wear an eye-patch as the cloth rubs on his skin leaving him in pain, so the only option he has left is to leave the area open.
Because of his appearance, Kirby says he has grown accustomed to odd glances here and there, but had never encountered any problems until earlier this month when he stopped for a drink and doughnuts at Forks Pit Stop in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Shortly after he sat down to enjoy his meal, Kirby said the manager of the place, Donna Crosby, came up to him. “I feel somebody reach up and grab me like this and jerk me into her office. It hurt deep inside. I’ve never been treated like that ever.” Kirby said.
In the office, Kirby says Crosby told him to cover his face or leave as he was scaring away her customers.
Kirby left feeling broken and in tears. When he got home, he recalled the whole encounter to his daughter, Brandy Evans. She was understandably very upset and wrote a long and heartfelt letter on her Facebook page that quickly went viral.
“He cannot help what the cancer did to him. My father is the strongest man I know, but as he told me what happened to him, I watched tears roll out of his eye. It hurt me to see him hurt like this, especially over something he cannot help.” She wrote.
She added that her father has been discriminated against because of his appearance. “I thank God everyone is not as small-minded as Donna Crosby [owner]! I promise you he will never set foot in that store again.”
The manager in question, Donna Crosby, commented on Brandy’s post, saying she had not meant to hurt Kirby but had no choice. “It was running my customers off.”
Touched by her heartbreaking letter, a number of people on Facebook wanted to donate some money to help pay for the cancer survivor’s reconstructional surgery costs, which inspired Kirby’s daughter Brandy to create a GoFundMe page.
In just 4 days, more than $74,000 had already been collected!
Brandy hopes that the money will be for all of the reconstruction surgeries to her father’s face, and she is overwhelmed by the support that they’ve received over the past few days.
“Everybody is showing me so much support right now. I thank God for that. It made me feel good. It made my heart feel good. It made me feel like there is love in this world. Hate is wrong. I took that out of my vocabulary long ago.” Kirby said.
“It’s really made me proud to watch everybody rally around him and let him know that he doesn’t have to hide his battle scars,” daughter Brandy added.