John Cranshaw's stroke left him half paralyzed, while Ernest Minor's wife, Norma, was hit by what would become a fatal case of colon cancer.
Instead of enjoying their golden years, the two older men – who have never met – grew more worried as large medical bills started piling up in their Sacramento and Marysville homes a few years ago.
"We got way behind," Cranshaw said.
Long-time homeowners, they each accumulated equity during the housing boom. Mortgage brokers persuaded them to tap it to pay their bills.Read the full story on the Sacramento Bee website