Drivers Band Together to Help One of Their Own

School bus driver Jesse Gonzales is battling failing kidneys with the help of his fellow drivers at East Stroudsburg Area (Pa.) School District.

After receiving the shocking news that his kidneys were operating at 7 percent efficiency, Gonzales also learned that he would have to stop driving for the district, increasing his monthly health insurance payment from $24 to $1,200. If the diagnosis had been made in the summer, he would have continued to be covered for only $24.

To help Gonzales receive his necessary dialysis treatments and an upcoming kidney transplant, the drivers at East Stroudsburg Area banded together and paid for his March premium. They are also holding a pasta dinner tomorrow at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Marshalls Creek. If you’re in the area, I’m sure they would appreciate any support you can give.

Since I first began working in this industry, I’ve seen a connection between its members that is immeasurable. This story is just another example of that.