When he sweeps the floor or pushes large trashcans on wheels through Summit High School, everyone sees the severe limp, the stiff-legged walk.
Joe Smith, a janitor at Summit for 13 years, needs a new right hip. But he can’t afford one.
“No insurance, no money,” said Smith, 59, a former Odessa oil field worker who has his daughter and 6-year-old granddaughter living with him. “I’m just taking it one day at a time.”
This week, though, Summit students who have known Smith their entire high school careers are stepping up for him. They have designated him as the beneficiary of this year’s FROG Week, a high-intensity, seven-day fund-raising campaign that often benefits a child through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Helping someone so familiar to them is a first, the students said.
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