By Brad Edwards

(CBS) — Two men who are staring down death have come up with an idea.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards explains.

READ MORE: Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein Dead At 69

The story started simple enough, with Bob Shea and Ed Kane as neighbors.

“It was the usual Chicago neighborhood relationship,” Bob says.

It became much more, several years ago, when Bob was struck with a rare neurological disease, Guillain Barre Syndrome.

“I just remember there was Ed standing at my bed, and I remember him saying, ‘Don’t try to talk. It’s okay,” Bob recalls.

More recently, Ed was struck with ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease — which will take him when it takes his ability to breathe.

The friends hit upon an idea while wondering: What happens to re-usable medical equipment when a patient passes away?

So began Devices 4 the Disabled. The goal is to get medical devices from the recently deceased to those in need. It could be as simple as a walker.

READ MORE: 2 Men Shot While Sitting In Car In Humboldt Park

“When you get it, the whole world opens up to you, you can go out again,” Ed says.

Bob keeps it in perspective.

“Every time somebody in need gets a cane or a walker or wheelchair, that’s my friend Ed,” he says.

For more information, click here.

Related Stories:

Two Friends Fulfilling Dream To Collect Wheelchairs, Scooters To Be Reused

A Family With Child Paralyzed By A Bullet Finds Comfort From Stranger

Devices 4 The Disabled Founder, Ed Kane, Passes Away From ALS

MORE NEWS: After 20 Years An Oak Park-River Forest Poetry Teacher Retires, But Not Without A Grand Finale

A Gift For Martrell Stevens: ‘That Kid’s A Winner’

Brad Edwards