Phillip Lindsay Donates Pro Bowl GoFundMe Money to chronically Ill Vet Facing Eviction

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
February 11, 2019 Updated: February 11, 2019

In what could be considered a gesture of kindness, Phillip Lindsay, running back for the Denver Broncos, decided to use the money raised by his fans to help an Air Force veteran who’s battling Stage 5 chronic kidney disease.

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National Football League (NFL) offensive player Phillip Lindsay was the first-ever undrafted rookie to be elected for Pro Bowl, and this opportunity was certainly hard to come by.

Thus in December 2018, fans of Lindsay set up a GoFundMe page to fund his way to the Pro Bowl, as NFL had no intention to pay for his trip to Orlando, owing to his inability to play in the game near the end of the season as he was suffering a wrist injury.

Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns. (©Getty Images | Matthew Stockman)

However, the NFL changed their mind later and decided to cover Lindsay’s travel expenses to Orlando so that he could enter the Pro Bowl, the all-star game of the NFL.

Instead, Lindsay, a native of Colorado, decided to use the money raised through the GoFundMe page to help a military veteran, Les Thomas, who was in need.

BIG NEWS: #Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay has pledged to donate money from a GoFundMe originally meant to send him to the…

Gepostet von Jason Gruenauer Denver7 am Donnerstag, 7. Februar 2019

Les Thomas, a 63-year-old unemployed Air Force veteran of Aurora, is currently fighting Stage 5 chronic kidney disease.

To make matters worse, he’s being evicted by his landlord for missing his rent payments, as he was receiving inpatient care at the Aurora VA hospital lately. He was told to move out by Feb. 8.

“I have no family, no one to help me,” a tearful Thomas told Denver’s Channel 7. “If I don’t have a place to live or some place to go, the VA is never going to give me my surgery.”

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According to the GoFundMe page created to help Thomas offset his surgery expenses, his condition worsened.

The veteran is “now retaining fluid in his lungs and around his heart, it has discovered that he has developed damage to his lower left ventrical.”

Along with all this, Thomas also has serious hypertension coupled with severe breathing complications.

“I’m just hoping for a miracle, basically. That someone would have enough heart to say, ‘Hey let’s help this guy out. He’s a veteran. He’s done his part for us.’ I’m not asking for a handout, I’m looking for a hand up is all I’m asking for,” Thomas said.

Fortunately, the miracle happened.

Lindsay, who came across this story, was moved deeply.

On Feb. 6, he tweeted, “Please join in me in helping! I saw this story last night about a CO Air Force Veteran dealing with a kidney disease and facing eviction. I immediately felt a connection to Les Thomas and knew that I wanted to do whatever I could to help!”

As of Feb. 10, the GoFundMe page for Thomas has raised over $20,099, nearing its $25,000 goal.

Meanwhile, Lindsay chose to donate $4,835—raised for him via the fundraiser—to help the veteran.

“Originally created as a means of thanking Phil for the record setting season and to help offset his pro bowl costs (NFL picked them up).  All proceeds are being donated under Phil’s name to help a local air force vet,” the GoFundMe page for Lindsay wrote in an update.

“This is something near and dear to Phil’s heart and is where he wants the money to go.”

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There’s no reason not to love Phillip Lindsay. He impresses us on and off the field as well.

And now, he has touched our hearts with his incredible generosity!

Kudos to Lindsay and all other kindhearted individuals for helping out the veteran in need.

Running back Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after a 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. (©Getty Images | Justin Edmonds)

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