Crestview man’s family seeks support with cancer recovery

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

The couple, who lost their Baker home to foreclosure last year, are staying with Rachel at her Crestview residence.

Karen’s 71-year-old mother, Bobbie Richards, has also helped, lending her car for driving Bruce to doctor visits since the couple’s truck has been unreliable.

Bruce just received Medicaid eligibility; benefits will cover a portion of the costs, Karen said.

Still, the illness has taken its toll on daughter Kristen Cahill's children, Jazmine, 10, and 1-year-old J.T.

 Both grandchildren are very close with their grandparents, especially Jazmine, who was "devastated" upon learning her grandfather was sick, Cahill said.

Cahill, who considers her father her best friend, said she plans to have future fundraising events.   

Residents can donate to a special fund in Rachel Akers’ name for Bruce Akers’ benefit at each Okaloosa County Federal Credit Union in Okaloosa county.

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