A marine who is in danger of eviction after getting hit by a drunk driver, is now receiving help from many people who stepped up to pay it forward.
On Tuesday, CBS 5 News shared the struggles of a man who served our country, only to be dealt a bad hand.
Since then, many people have donated to Michael Fedo's website and the total just passed $2,500. One man dropped off a check to help him move into a smaller, more affordable house and there is still time to help this Marine in need.
"I just felt it was unfair to do everything that I had done up until that point in my life, and something that shouldn't have happened, happened," Fedo said in an interview Tuesday.
When you see the emotion spill across Fedo's face, you know he's not your typical Marine.
He's a tough as nails guy whose priorities shifted when he became a dad.
"From there on out the game changed for me, it was just all about being a father," he said.
Fedo and his wife have four kids between 5 and 15 years old.
The veteran had just landed a great job and was working overtime to support them.
"We had just moved into a larger house so all the kids could have their own rooms," he said.
Things were going great until Fedo said he was hit while riding his bike by a drunk driver.
"It's a moment that literally repeats almost every night, the whooshing of the car and that moment that I went into the windshield. It was an absolutely horrible experience. And it hurt. It hurt a lot," Fedo said.
Fedo hurt his shoulder so badly he hasn't been able to use his arm in more than a month, which means he hasn't been able to work.
"My job's not a desk job, my job is a lab job," he said.
When it came time to pay rent on that big new house, Fedo didn't have the cash.
"You know when it rains it pours and in this case it just keeps pouring," he said.
The storm came to a head this week. Fedo has been evicted from his home, and his family has five days to find a new place to live.
CBS 5 News asked where he plans to go.
"I don't know," he said.
Fedo has surgery scheduled for Friday to fix his shoulder.
The man who police said hit him has been charged with aggravated assault and other charges related to a DUI.
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