KANSAS CITY, Mo. - UPDATE: Auction on former Kansas City Mayor Dr. Charles Wheeler's home suspended http://bit.ly/10OvE1O
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local DJ is pitching in to help former Kansas City mayor Dr. Charles Wheeler save his home.
The 86-year-old Wheeler has lived in a home off of Ward Parkway for years, but medical bills for his ailing wife have piled up, leaving him unable to pay a $40,000 property tax bill from the last two years.
96.5FM The Buzz disc jockey Danny Boi heard of the mayor's plight and couldn't stand idly by.
"This whole situation is ghastly, and I cannot believe a man who has served this city in the way that he has -- just the other day, the Royals had him come into the studio to raise money to send kids to daycare -- he's giving, he just wants to give until it hurts," Danny Boi said.
Wheeler and his lawyer are hoping he can stay in the house through July before moving to another home that better suits the needs of the couple.
"My wife doesn't do well on steps, so I'm trying to move from a two-story house to a ranch, and that's a reasonable request," Wheeler said Wednesday.
Danny Boi set up a website Thursday morning to solicit donations. The goal of www.helpcharleskc.com is to raise $45,000.