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Navy veteran, 66, with terminal cancer has yard sales to raise money for the funeral

Willie Davis, right, is a 66-year-old Navy veteran with terminal cancer who are already holding yard sales to pay for his funeral.

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A 66-year-old U.S. Navy veteran dying of cancer is selling his belongings in the weekend yard sale to raise money for his own funeral, reports said Wednesday.

Willie Davis, of Cambria County, Pa., was diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma. He plans to raise enough money to be buried next to his parents in Culpepper, Va., according to his GoFundMe page.

The page was created by two men, David Dunkleberger and his friend, Ed Sheets, after a visit to Davis’ garage sale in Brownstown, Pa., in August. When they asked whose funeral, Davis was the funding, he replied: “Mine.”

Willie Davis is selling his belongings to raise enough money to be buried next to his parents in Virginia.

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“It broke your heart, hear the story, and we just decided that we had to do something to try to help him, try to make his life a little easier,” Sheets told the Johnstown, Pa.-based WJAC-TV.

Davis served in the Navy, 1970-76 during the Vietnam War, the station reported.

“He has done a lot where our country, so we wanted to kind of return the favor to him, again, his last days could be a little less crowded, a bit quieter for him,” Sheets told the station.

“It broke your heart, hear the story, and we just decided that we had to do something to try to help him, try to make his life a little easier.”

– Ed Sheets, good Samaritan

Dunkleberger, and the Blades of the first GoFundMe goal at $5,000, but to Davis’ last wish to be buried next to his parents come out, they may need to raise as much as $15,000, WJAC-TV reported.

The GoFundMe campaign reached its goal of $15,000 early Thursday, and the person that the fundraiser over the top posted: “I saw that $20 was needed to achieve the goal and it was an honor to be the person to reach the finish line and make sure that this Veteran of the Navy may know that his final expenses will be covered. Thank you for your sacrifices in the defense of the freedoms that we still enjoy, sir. God bless you.”

The two men, who wrote that remaining money would go to help another veteran in need.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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