Mainers react to Mich. mom who asked for help with college debt

BC woman halfway to tuition goal

(NEWS CENTER) -- Lori Truex is taking a stand.

She works as a bus driver and her husband has worked in a factory for 31 years. They already have $60 thousand worth of student loan debt hanging over their heads after putting their first daughter through school, and can't afford to take out more parent plus loans. So Lori stood on the street with a sign asking for help; something some Maine parents don't agree with, and others wish they had done.

Kristine Bedford of Windham says she never expected her single mother, or anyone else, to pay for her to get a degree. She worked three jobs and put herself though St. Joseph's college. She says handouts were out of the question.

"That's not the ethic that my family instilled in me," says Bedford. "They taught me very young that if you want something, you need to work for it. Nobody is going to hand you anything."

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But in Perry, Maine, Jonelle Hennequin knows what its like to work hard and save, then watch it fall apart.

"My husband was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer," says Hennequin. "200 miles a day round trip for radiation and chemo, that took up all of her college funds."

Her husband died, and her daughter, who now works as an EMT, managed to save enough money to go to school to get her paramedic's license. Jonelle wishes she could've helped her, and understands why Lori Truex chose to ask for a leg up.

"There are circumstances that a lot of people don't know about, and until they've walked a mile in her shoes, they can't pass judgement."

Battle Creek Enquirer contributed to this story

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