Can you imagine simply living your life with all its joys and challenges, and in one moment, your world is irrevocably turned upside down? Hearing a doctor’s pronouncement that you have
cancer is one of the most devastating experiences any individual can have. That’s what happened to Carlos Mackey of The Bahamas.
Discovering that you have an illness that has a high chance of killing you is one devastation. Discovering that the cost to save your life averages $150,000 (based on AARP estimates) is another. How do you save yourself without the means to pay for it? That’s where the
compassionate Peter Nygard stepped in.
Carlos once told the story of how he briefly met Peter Nygard, but following that, the minute Peter Nygard heard that Carlos had cancer, Nygard jumped into action.
Imagine that. You are in the midst of the worst time of your life, and a man barely known to you, named Peter Nygard, comes to your rescue. Carlos explained that Peter Nygard gave him a time and a date to show up at the Mayo Clinic. When Carlos showed up at the Clinic and was being registered, he was asked who would be paying for treatment. Carlos said he was at a lost as to how to respond.
Then he saw him. Peter Nygard walked in at that perfect moment. Peter Nygard announced that he would be paying for the treatment. Carlos reports that Peter Nygard told the staff that Carlos was his brother and should be well taken care of.
He was in awe. Here is this man that barely knew him prepared to pay for cancer treatment to save his life. What also blew Carlos’ mind was that not only was Peter Nygard paying for his cancer treatment, Nygard sat in the waiting room and waited for his surgery to be over.
What a gift to have the opportunity to extend your life through cancer treatment and not to have to go bankrupt to do it. The thing is that this is only one of countless stories of how Peter Nygard has helped individuals pay for much needed medical treatment.
What does it take to help a stranger to the tune of hundreds of thousands have a second chance at life? It takes a level of compassion and a kind heart that cannot be denied like that of the most benevolent Peter Nygard.