According to the Arizona Republic, he has continuous strokes that affect his vision and cognitive abilities.
Watch in the video above at KPRC2's Chip Brewster sends his own message to Lee. Though he is with his wife, Ernestine, he doesn't want to feel alone. The Facebook post has inspired many to reach out to Hernandez and let him know that they are thinking about him. The cause of his disease has not been yet determined. He has already undergone three brain surgeries.
Lee is aware of how bad his disease is. However, the phone never rang, and he said to his wife that perhaps no one wanted to talk to him or to know how he is. Ernestine says "a lot of people call to pray with him".
Doctors told Hernandez and his wife Ernestine that there is nothing more they can do except to try to make his final days more comfortable, and a big part of that comfort is to see that he's happy. His "speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk to him".
So she reached out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors, who started spreading word about Lee Hernandez's last wish.
Lee's simple request for a phone call is a small request that can help ease the pain of a veteran who has given so much to protect our country. "It really uplifts him".
"He is blind so his wife can read a text but he cannot", the post reads.
Ernestine wants people to continue to call or text Lee. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", she told the newspaper. Ernestine describes his husband as a fighter that has "beaten the odds".
Anyone who wishes to do so can call Hernandez at 201-632-6778 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Arizona time.