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Please help Darrell "Old School" White with his battle against cancer. The funds raised will be used for his living expenses during chemo.

I am starting this account to raise funds for my friend Darrell "Old School" White's battle with cancer. I met Old School a year ago while working downtown. Well known around this area of Denver as the homeless man who sings Temptations songs to earn money, he first struck me as someone who'd had a hard life with a few mistakes. After spending time in jail for charges related to drugs, he has been trying to piece his life back together. Following his incarceration and becoming sober, he found that people rarely look twice at someone on the streets with a past. I once asked him the hardest part of being homeless, and his response took me by surprise. It isn't that he doesn't have his own bed or car, or any of the other things it can be easy to take for granted... the hardest part is that people look through him instead of at him; like he doesn't even exist. Over the past year, I've done what I can to support him and help him get on his feet. Through all of this, I've watched him find self-confidence in realizing that he is not alone or defined by his past. He refuses to panhandle and will only take money that he sings for, as this is his way of earning a living at the moment. A few weeks ago, we had been setting up a website with recordings of him performing to help promote him when he was diagnosed with stage I pancreatic cancer. After starting chemo last week, he has been either too sick or too tired to sing much. And life on the streets or in the shelter is dangerous and almost unbearable in the heat with the effects of the treatment on his body. He is in need of money for an inexpensive hotel room and simple things like toiletries and such while going through his chemo treatments. Any donations will go to the costs that are not covered by Denver Health. As he does not have a permanent address or bank account, I am listed as the beneficiary, and all of the funds will be used to buy things like grocery store gift cards, a bus pass, a prepaid hotel room so he does not have to move around, Target gift cards for toiletries, etc. Anything helps and is appreciated so much more than you know.

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