Many pitch in to make man’s life brighter
phones, tablets, theater systems and media players. “A lot of our employees, especially our engineers, are musicians,” Schnell says. The company, which has concerts once a month for its employees, also is a supporter of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. “This is right in our vein,” Schnell says of Wilson’s story.
Midland real estate attorney Harris Kerr was in town visiting his child at the University of Texas when he read Wilson’s story. “He had very little time left and he was worried, and I can help,” Kerr says. He sent Wilson’s nominating agency, Hospice Austin, a check for audio equipment, and he has vowed to pay for Wilson’s cremation when the time comes. Kerr also will be back in town on Friday to do Wilson’s will.
“I read every one of the articles,” Kerr says about Season for Caring’s 12 families. “I wish I could have done something for every one of them. What (Patrick) was saying he wanted, I could do. I’m going to try to brighten his life a little bit.”
Two donors have offered plane tickets or mileage to fly Wilson’s children to Austin for a visit. Hospice Austin still is looking for donations of hotel rooms and restaurant gift cards to help with the visit.
Diana Bishop, who works for Dr. Kevin Gajda at Eclectic Eyewear, read the initial story about Wilson and then a followup story about Wilson, 65year-old Ethel Wright and 51-year-old Tracy Jackson, who all needed eye exams and glasses. Wright is raising her four grandchildren in a rundown mobile home. Jackson is a Marine who is confined to a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis.
Working with Gajda, eyeglass sales represen-