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87-year old Man wants to get a Job as a truck Driver to Pay Wife’s Medical Bill



Robert Blocksom

This 87-year old man is looking to hit the road as a truck driver, to foot his ailing wife’s medical bills.

Robert Blocksom and his wife Jelaine have had to sell their home, mobile trailer and other assets to cover her medical expenses, according to WEWS.

The couple also moved from their home in Middleburgh Heights, Ohio to an apartment easier for Jelaine to move around in.

“I’ve always liked driving, so I figured that I’d like to be able to make some money driving. That would be the best way to do it. I believe I can do this pretty well, and it would be a nice challenge and it’d be fun,” he said.

On her illness, Jelaine tells People: “I got a little bit of everything, but mostly I can’t walk very well, and I’ve had some breast cancer. I’ve just been diagnosed with asthma, so I’m having problems breathing. I was in the hospital twice last month. So it seems just about everything is falling off.”

Jelaine says she doesn’t like seeing Robert going back to work: “I would hope he wouldn’t have to do that, but he sees that as a way out,” she says. “It’s difficult, sure, but it’s harder on him because he takes care of me and the house. All I can do is make his meals for him.”

On what she loves about Robert, who she’s been married to for over 60 years, Jelaine said: “I can’t begin to tell you all that! I still love him as much as I did in the beginning, he’s a very good man, very honest, faithful, loyal. All the good things you like in a man.”

Robert joins over 255,000 of persons over 85 years old who are still in America’s workforce, according to Washington Post.

Robert, who used to work as a financial advisor before retiring, will begin classes for his commercial driver’s licence in September.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the couple.

Watch his story below:

87-year-old Ohio man takes trucking job to cover wife's medical expenses — and he's not alone

The trucking industry is dealing with such a shortage of drivers that they are considering hiring applicants like an 87-year-old Cleveland man who is looking for work after his wife got sick.

Publiée par News 5 Cleveland sur Mercredi 29 août 2018



  1. Jennifer Okundia

    August 30, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Awwwwwwwww what an amazing man. God will restore peace and laughter to their home again

  2. Temi Tope

    August 30, 2018 at 11:10 pm


  3. Lori

    August 31, 2018 at 7:35 am

    This is very sad. He should be able to retire and relax not having to worry about working. America is a third world country.

  4. Adeleke

    August 31, 2018 at 9:47 am

    This is what scares me about this country….oh well, I hope I have enough to bring back home, retire in the village and be a farmer

    • didi

      September 1, 2018 at 1:03 am

      I dont wish that for you ohhh lols. I hope those people criticizing men can see this example that we have true loving and responsible husbands.

  5. Omoye

    August 31, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Health care is not cheap-especially if you don’t have a good paying .

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