Strangers’ kindness helps Oklahoma man in need

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EDMOND, Okla. - A man is recovering after having a heat stroke outside of a gas station. It's the kindness of several people passing by that may have saved his life.

For Don and his dog, Rex, the summer months are not easy.

Don, a veteran of the military, is homeless.

He and Rex spend a lot of their days in the heat, and that's not the only battle he's facing.

"I'm full blown cancer. It's in my liver. It's in my pancreas. It's in my stomach," Don told NewsChannel 4. "I said what are my chances. He said maybe two years, and I'm still kicking. I'm a strong willed person."

Recently, he dodged a bullet that could have ended his life.

"I knew I was getting sick because I started dry heaving and I was too hot," Don said.

He tried to make his way down the road to the closest OnCue.

"Everything after that was hazy," Don said.

Don had a heat stroke. Fortunately though, several good Samaritans rushed to his aid.

One of them, who is a kennel owner, even agreed to take Rex with her while Don recovered in the hospital.

"We live up here about a mile up the road. Everybody that lives in Stone Valley Ranch has seen him for years sitting on the corner with his dog," said Kelley Beard.

Beard is one of many community members trying to help Don and Rex.

"When we heard about him passing out in the heat, our neighborhood rallied together and they've been taking up donations," Beard said.

That's because the community members are trying to pay for him to have a cool, safe place to stay for the time being.

Some of those who helped Don that day took to social media following the incident.

They were frustrating with the OnCue manager who allegedly asked the group to leave the property while they were trying to find a place for Rex.

OnCue released this statement in response:

"In regards to the incident at I-35 and Waterloo, we take these comments very seriously and are fully investigating the situation. We are trying to address this and ask that anyone with more information call us directly at 405-564-7050. We are concerned about the health and safety of Don and Rex, and are sending our thoughts and prayers their way. We take our customer feedback seriously, and we are investigating the allegations made. We pride ourselves on offering great customer service, and we will follow up to ensure this is dealt with properly."

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