Money pouring in for North Mankato man willing to give up his hearing aids for a cheap ride to cancer treatments

Gilbert Hoppe is 75 years old and battling cancer from North Mankato.
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Gilbert Hoppe

A southern Minnesota man hoping to exchange his hearing aids for enough money to buy a cheap car to get him to and from cancer treatments is getting a lot more thanks to people who care. 

Christina Anderson says she started a fundraiser for a 75-year-old North Mankato man, Gilbert Hoppe, after she saw the mean comments he received after trying to sell or trade his hearing aids online. 

"I had seen a post on a Mankato for sale site of this gentleman trying to sell a pair of hearing aids to help afford a vehicle," Anderson wrote on the GoFundMe page she started for Hoppe. "I was appalled by the negative response he was getting and myself along with a bunch of others came forward and would like to help him out!"

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Hoppe was willing to give up his hearing aids for $1,000, but he can keep them and buy himself a nice vehicle now that the fundraiser has exploded with more than $14,00 and the total is rising fast on Monday. 

Hoppe is a veteran who has battled cancer since being diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2012, losing a kidney at the time. Two years later doctors found that his cancer spread to lymph nodes in his chest, and later to his bones causing him lesions and pain. 

Anderson says Hoppe needs the vehicle so he can make it to his chemotherapy treatments, and he's doing so all while taking care of his wife, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a problem in the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. 

"Throughout his life he has made sure to take care of anyone that may need help even if it meant he had to go without," says Anderson. 

According to Southern Minnesota Today, Hoppe received additional support on Sunday through a spaghetti feed and silent auction at the Eagle Lake American Legion. 

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