Couple battling cancer both die on same day
Death does not do apart South Dakota couple who died of cancer on the same day.
A South Dakota EMS worker and his wife, who were both battling cancer, died on the same day, according to Yankton County EMS.
The department announced on its Facebook page that EMS Administrator Steve Hawkins, 58, died on Friday after a five-year battle with cancer.
Wendy, his 52-year-old wife, died on the same day after a brief battle with cancer.
Wendy was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago, followed by Steve, according to KELO. Both passed away in the hospital. "It’s just a shock to the system," Troy Cowman, the deputy administrator for the EMS, told the outlet. "All of here (EMS) are working through it."
"Steve was the kind of leader that ran the business the way it should be run," he continued.
The couple leaves behind three older children.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by the couple's son, Trenton, who is trying to come up with the money to pay for both his parents' funeral.
The page reads: "Hey everyone, this is Trenton Hawkins and my parents both died to cancer on 12/23/22 within 12 hours of each other. This has been a very tragic experience and my family and I are trying to come up with the funds too pay for two funerals. They were wonderful parents and took very good care of there family and I am trying to take care of them. So every little bit helps thank you for you support."