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Man with limited mobility and funds seeks grief counseling

Posted: 7:30 PM, Nov 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-02 23:30:18Z

A Cape Coral man who lost his wife to cancer recently reached out to Fox 4, saying that a disability keeps him from driving to grief counseling as he tries to cope with his loss. 

"If you don't love anybody, you don't feel this, because you never made that heart connection," said Donald "Bubba" Tintle, whose wife Karen, lost her battle with cancer in June. 

"Before she passed away, she told me, 'I want you to do stuff. I want you to continue,'" Tintle said.

But his neuropathy - a constant numbness in his feet - means that he can't drive to grief counseling sessions, and money is too tight for him to afford transportation.

"The rest of my life is not meant to be here (in his home,)" he said. "I just don't know how to get that done."

Fox 4 called Hope Hospice, which offers grief counseling services, to see if they had any options for Tintle to help him cope. Thanks to that call, a Hope Hospice representative got in touch with him right away.

"She said she might have a volunteer from Hope Hospice that might be able to transport me to and from (the counseling sessions,)" he said. "So that would be outstanding."

Tintle said he would also like to be able to get out and socialize at the Lake Kennedy Center, just a mile and a half from his home.

"I think it's three dollars each way," he said. "I don't have thirty dollars a week to spend, but I'd like to get, even if it's just once or twice a week."

Anyone who is aware of any other services or programs to help Tintle get out and about is asked to submit them to news@fox4now.com.