In January 2020 a newcomer moved to 417-land: the new Missouri State University Football Coach, Bobby Petrino. Knowing Bobby and his wife were both born and raised in Montana, just like I was, I reached out to welcome them to Springfield, and we developed a friendship. A month later, in February I took my healthy husband to the emergency room for back pain. We were told it might be kidney stones, and a CT scan was performed. Six hours later we were told he had metastatic cancer in his spine, kidney and lungs. The news shocked us as the only symptom he’d had was lower back pain for three weeks. We spent a month in the hospital and he underwent two spinal surgeries and radiation. When we got out of the hospital this week, the world had completely changed. A pandemic was underway and store shelves were already bare by the time I realized there were shortages on important supplies I needed to keep my husband safe.
Yesterday I was at my wits end. I couldn’t locate any sanitizer online to purchase, and I read a news article about a small half empty bottle of sanitizer being sold on Craigslist for $50. Then, I got a text from Bobby Petrino, asking if my husband or I were in need of anything due to the pandemic. I texted back that we needed sanitizer, and I couldn’t locate any. Immediately, he responded that he thought he had an extra bottle, and he’d go run and check. He dropped what he was doing and within 10 minutes had located the bottle, and said he’d bring it to my house.