TAMPA, Fla. — Army veteran Amos Allen has traveled the Tampa Bay area helping the homeless population for the past three decades.
The 65-year-old was diagnosed with bone cancer four years ago. That is when he had a decision to make.
“Once the doctor says you have terminal cancer, everyone thinks it’s time to lay down,” says Allen. “I’m just the opposite. I want to see what else I can do.”
Allen, who recently published a book about his years in the service, is fighting fatigue and hitting the streets with his family to help other people with their struggles.
“My goal is to see people happy,” Allen says. “My goal is to make a difference.”
Allen’s 21-year-old daughter Alexis doesn’t always love getting up early to join her father, but she admires his unwavering passion.
“One time we were at Moffitt (Cancer Center), and they told him he couldn’t be around anyone during his stem cell surgery,” says Alexis. “And he just broke down crying, because that meant he couldn’t go feed the homeless.”
Amos Allen’s cancer is currently in remission. His dream is to soon open a house that helps people transition to a better life.
To find out more about his goal, go to amosallenfamilyfoundation.org.