Sam May has proven he's a survivor.
"I'm living. I'm going to make it." the Gulfport hurricane victim said. "I'm going to make it. I've made it this far."
May is a proud 87-year-old man who's been through more than his share of headaches since Katrina. His latest calamity is where he sleeps each night. There's a pillow and a blanket on the front seat of his car. The Park Avenue has become his main source of transportation, and his home for the past two months.
"It's not hard to sleep in a car if you want to," he said.
It's not that May wants to sleep in his automobile. He doesn't have much choice.
"See I'm not too proud to sleep in there," he said.
The hurricane damaged May's north Gulfport home. Yet, FEMA hasn't delivered a trailer to his property. Since his wife is now in a nursing home, May sleeps where he feels most comfortable.
"Sometimes in here," he said, tapping on his car. "Sometimes I stay with my grandson. But if his house is crowded, I won't stay there."
During our conversation, May's cell phone rang.
"That's FEMA calling me now to see what's going on," he said while on hold.
May had been patiently waiting for that phone call.
"Yes maam, I need that mobile home bad," he exclaimed.
Surprisingly, May never sounded upset about his lengthy wait for a FEMA trailer.
"FEMA people, they're all right I reckon," he said with a smile.
And so is this 87-year-old man. He remains upbeat, despite his hurricane loss, his wife's post Katrina hospitalization, his cramped living quarters, and his own health issue. May just found out he has leukemia, and his treatments start next week. But just like everything else in his life, he's too proud to let it get him down.
"I don't want to die. I want to live," he said. "I'm old and crippled, but I'm going to make it."
The word from FEMA is that a representative will meet with Mr. May on Saturday, so he can finally get his trailer.
by Brad Kessie
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