Luther Younger and his wife Waverlee have been married for more than 50 years.

So when Waverlee got sick and was hospitalized, 98-year-old Younger continued to go to any lengths to see her. According to Spectrum News Rochester, the Korean War veteran walks several miles each day to visit Waverlee in the hospital.

Younger’s daughter Lutheta said:

“My dad’s always walked. He says he does it to stay alive. He still says, ‘nope I have to get out there to my wife. I have to go.’”

Younger added:

“You see, I’m not humped over like those guys out here – the old guys.”

Waverlee is paralyzed and has suffered from brain cancer since 2009.

Younger is taking her illness hard, choking up as he said:

“I ain’t nothing. I ain’t nothing without my wife. It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough. I can’t stand to see her up there like that.”

Waverlee has been in the hospital for two weeks, and her devoted husband has been by her side every day.

Last Tuesday, Younger was walking his usual path to Strong Memorial Hospital in New York when Dan Bookhard spotted the elderly man walking along I-390.

Bookhard said:

“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.”

So Bookhard drove him to the hospital that day.

The elderly couple lives with their daughter Lutheta, who set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of medical bills and Uber rides. Lutheta told Yahoo:

“He doesn’t have to, but he wants to [walk]. I can drive him. He just doesn’t want to wait; he’s impatient.”

Of his wife, Younger 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.”

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