Luther Younger knows the meaning of true love. His wife, Waverlee, to whom he’s been married for over 50 years, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. Now, she’s paralyzed and staying in a hospital full time. Luther isn’t going to let that stop him from seeing her though! Every morning, he walks 12 miles to go visit his beloved at the hospital.
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 21, 2018
Though he’s been offered rides in the past, he usually prefers to walk.
98-year-old Luther Younger walks 10km to visit his paralysed wife in New York State Hospital. Although he is offered car rides to the hospital, prefers walking – something he has always loved and attributes to staying alive. #PlanetHaaibo pic.twitter.com/oifVdP2tPU
— Radio 2000 (@Radio2000ZA) August 20, 2018
— BET Her TV (@BETherTV) August 23, 2018
Romantics everywhere: take note! This is what going the extra mile is all about.
ACT OF LOVE: This 99-year-old man walks six miles every single day — no matter the weather — to visit his wife in the hospital. And listening to him talk about her will renew your faith in love. https://t.co/T914GFyN1h pic.twitter.com/0amcJbBzwq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 31, 2018
Twitter loved Luther and his “sweetest cup of tea.”
True love is out there. You all deserve someone who would do this for you! You are worthy of a love that will lift you up and not break your spirit, time and again. Don't settle for someone just because YOU love them. Settle when you know they love you back. #FridayMotivation https://t.co/ud1HirLhp8
— ❤Master Amb L0-VE❤ (@Habbo_L0VE) August 31, 2018
WOW- SUCH TRUE LOVE & DEVOTION!!!! I BET THE WALKING KEEPS HIM STRONG- I WISH HIM THE BEST!!!! https://t.co/ogDsqeMwWs
— Cathy Schermer (@CathySchermer) August 31, 2018
Others couldn’t imagine how tired his feet must be every day!
Damn, can someone GIVE THE MAN A RIDE?! https://t.co/I5OeJWUzLs
— Drew Shirley You Can't Be Serious ✈️ (@DrewShirleyShow) August 31, 2018
But Luther believes the walking both gets him where he’s going and keeps him healthy!
Luther Younger said that he is “not humped over like those guys out there- the old guys,” and a family member told Spectrum that her dad walks everywhere to “stay alive.” https://t.co/0bdhUjA7Un
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) August 26, 2018
Amazing. I hope someone has already created a GoFundMe to help this man get back and forth. https://t.co/fh1cBMOshI
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) August 31, 2018
Internet users are banding together to help support the couple. A GoFundMe started by Lutheta Younger, the couple’s daughter, is aiming to raise $65k for the lovebirds. As of the writing of this article, they had already raised over $57k.
Over $45k has been raised to support Luther Younger—the loving husband who walks 6 miles each way to visit his paralyzed wife in the hospital. https://t.co/RWBIYGXeit
— GoFundMe (@gofundme) August 24, 2018
Those funds will be sure to help the Youngers, but it seems Luther has his priorities figured out either way. Thank you, sir, for inspiring us with the story of your love.
Luther Younger isn’t just a man, he’s THE man. https://t.co/580hJAXTHo
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) September 1, 2018
Luther Younger, my heart just skipped a beat. https://t.co/kS2SBB0dUk
— Aruna Miller (@arunamiller) September 2, 2018
“The Notebook is the greatest love story ever told”
Luther Younger: “Hold my beer” https://t.co/fzMdhG1MKx
— Chris (@IcemanFTW) September 1, 2018