Many pitch in to make man’s life brighter

Car­ing

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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-

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