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98-year-old Luther Yonger walks 6 miles roundtrip to visit hospitalized wife

The next time you’re complaining about being tired or overtaxed, consider the challenges of Luther Yonger—a 98-year-old Upstate New York man who walks 6 miles each way daily to visit his wife in the hospital.

Yonger makes the trek to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., each day to visit Waverlee, his wife of 50 years who is paralyzed and has battled brain cancer since 2009, Spectrum News Rochester reports.

“I ain’t nothin’ without my wife,” Yonger, fighting back tears, told Spectrum. “It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough. I can’t stand to see her up there like that.”

Waverlee has been hospitalized two weeks, forcing her husband to make the long trek along I-390—a highway—to visit her, Spectrum reports.

“My dad’s always walked,” daughter Lutheta Yonger told the news organization. “He says he does it to stay alive.”

Yonger’s family says he’s known to walk everywhere, and Yonger says he does it for his health and preservation.

“You see, I’m not humped over like those guys out here – the old guys,” he said.

But he apparently also does it to cling onto his love of a lifetime.

“She’s the best cup of tea I never had,” Yonger told Spectrum of his wife. “She would come in and kiss me and say ‘Baby’ and feed me in the bed and this is what I need right here.”

Luckily, Yonger did have some recent help with his long trek to and from the hospital. Motorist Dan Bookhard recently spotted Yonger walking along the highway and decided to reach out to help, Spectrum reports. Bookhard said he’d just left the Rochester airport when he saw Yonger walking.

“My upbringing: when you see somebody elderly, when you see somebody struggling when it’s raining … I had to pick him up and I couldn’t be one of the ones who wouldn’t just drive by.”

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Comment by Queen Jackson on September 5, 2018 at 4:47pm

An honorable man that I admire for his devotion to his health and his wife.  God please watch over this couple.  It's not mentioned but there is a great humility here.  He must be one of your children.

Comment by Kenneth Scarborough on August 21, 2018 at 3:27pm
God bless him nothing but total respect
Comment by vaughn mitchell on August 20, 2018 at 10:08am
Wow, awesome
Comment by Robert on August 20, 2018 at 9:11am
God bless him, the only love I felt like that for someone was my mother and my daughter..
Comment by unell mitchell on August 19, 2018 at 11:33pm
He looks good for 98. God bless him.
Comment by No Matter on August 19, 2018 at 11:08pm

Now that is true love....

Comment by lyndon crosdale on August 19, 2018 at 10:14pm
May God continue to bless you and may God healing power pull your wife out of her sickness that she can be back home with you and may God continue to bless you and keep you in good health and strength this is what I call real love we don't find these kind of love any more I wish her all the best get well soon
Comment by Amanda G on August 19, 2018 at 9:32pm
Bless his heart and everlasting love.
Comment by rafael monzon on August 19, 2018 at 9:00pm
May God Almighty continue to strengthen him in this time and continue to hold that umbrella over him.
Comment by James Gibbs on August 19, 2018 at 8:54pm

This brotha is strong. The love for his wife is even stronger. I hope his wife pulls through. May the Goddess of Sekhmet heals his loving wife. 

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