98-year-old man walks six miles everyday to visit his sick wife in the hospital

Aug 22, 2018
08:43 A.M.
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The elderly man did not let anything stop him from walking six miles daily just to be with his wife of 50 years, who is sick in the hospital.


98-year-old Luther Younger takes daily trips to the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, to see his wife, Waverlee Younger.

According to Spectrum News Rochester, Waverlee was paralyzed and has been struggling with brain cancer since her diagnosis in 2009.

Luther, a Korean War vet, said his love and deep connection with his wife keeps him motivated to walk along highway I-390 and starting from Chili Avenue every day.

Speaking with the news outlet, Luther emotionally talked about his wife.


He said, “I ain’t nothin’ without my wife. It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough. I can’t stand to see her up there like that.”

On August 14, 2018, Dan Bookhard, a man who just left the airport, saw Luther walking along I-390.

“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 would just drive by,” said Bookhard to Spectrum News Rochester.


Lutheta Younger, Luther’s daughter, explained that her father has always preferred to walk.

She said, “My dad’s always walked. He says he does it to stay alive.” 

Lutheta then went on to say that her father has made it his goal to walk the path towards his wife.

She explained, “He still says, ‘nope I have to get out there to my wife. I have to go.’”


Luther remains proud of his wife and always thinks about the good memories they shared together.

He said, “She’s the best cup of tea I ever had. She would come in and kiss me and say ‘baby’ and feed me in the bed, and this is what I need right here.”

Meanwhile, Luther’s daughter had set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to cover their mother’s hospital bills. As of now, the donations have reached almost $50,000, which is more than Lutheta’s 40,000-dollar goal.