81-year-old cancer patient calls 911 for food

81-year-old cancer patient calls 911 for food (Image 1)

A 911 operator in Fayetteville, North Carolina received an unusual emergency call recently.

It wasn’t a call about a shooting, crash or medical emergency, on the other end of the line was an elderly man who called because he wanted food.

81-year-old Clarence Blackmon is a cancer patient and had arrived home from the hospital where he had just spent the last few months receiving treatment. Blackmon, who only weighs 115 lbs., was hungry and did not have any food at his home. He was too weak to go to the store. Hungry and desperate, he called 911.

“What I need is someone to get to the grocery store and bring me some food because I have to eat something,” he told the 911 operator.

“Whatever you can do to help, I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere, I can’t get out of my damn chair,” said Blackmon.

911 operator Marilyn Hanson and the Fayetteville Police answered his call for help in person, with some groceries.

“He was hungry. I’ve been hungry, a lot of people can’t say that, but I have. I can not stand to see anyone go hungry,” said Marilyn Hanson.

His need was simple..a head of cabbage,some cans of beans and beets, popcorn, tomato juice and soft drinks, enough to get him through the next few days.

” It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear, I thought Jesus you have answered those prayers” said Blackmon.

On this day some guardian angels made sure Clarence Blackmon didn’t go to bed hungry.

He will also have a home nurse who will be checking up on him twice a week.

Information from CNN was used in this report.

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