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Bill and Kathy's Story

Monday, August 8, 2022

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One Sunday evening in late January, Kathy and Bill were cherishing their time together, a comfort they would not have for much longer as Bill had been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer.

A house fire shattered this precious time, destroying everything they owned in a matter of minutes. Gone were medical records, medications and the photos of memories created through years of marriage that Kathy planned to use to memorialize her husband. Grief and stress overwhelmed them.

The American Red Cross North Texas Region arrived to help Kathy and Bill. They wrapped them in blankets and provided them with comfort kits filled with essential items to help them through the next few days. The couple also received a preloaded debit card to assist them with securing replacement clothing, food, medications and other necessary items.

Kathy and Bill were met with tender, emotional care by their American Red Cross caseworker who referred them to United Way of Tarrant County. 2-1-1, our 24-hour call center, connected the couple to resources that could help replace medications, medical equipment and essential government documents as well as provide additional grief counseling and legal assistance.

United Way of Tarrant County is proud to partner with and provide funding to the American Red Cross North Texas Region, which helps people like Kathy and Bill on their toughest days.

For 100 years, United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our community. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to make stories of healing, like Kathy and Bill’s, a reality.