Athens Heart Center helps Winder woman’s last wish come true

Athens Heart Center recently helped a Winder woman fulfill a lifelong dream to visit the home of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Willie Howell, 65, traveled to Orlando, Fla., with her family last month to visit Disney World.

Already suffering from heart issues and Type 2 diabetes, Howell was diagnosed last year with terminal lung cancer.

When asked if she had a final wish, Howell told her cardiologist, Dr. Subodh Agrawal of the Athens Heart Center, that she regretted never having visited Disney World.

Dying Clover woman has dream fulfilled with published poetry

CLOVER — The poet lay in her bed Thursday morning, dying.

But on this day – in spite of the cancer in her breast, spine, liver and lung – cancer lost.

Linda Davis, the poet who wrote on yellow legal pads, won.

Her loving husband Richard – who is dutifully taking care of his wife of 30 years while she fights to live – tried not to be excited but failed. A package had come all the way from California, from the nonprofit Dream Foundation.

Dream Foundation sends Anacortes woman fighting cancer to happiest place on Earth

For Beth Balthazor, the key to facing a grim diagnosis is a positive attitude.

The lifelong Anacortes resident began receiving treatment for metastatic lung cancer at Merle Cancer Center at Island Hospital about 14 months ago. She’s faced the entire process with a positive outlook, she said.

Staying positive got a little easier recently.

The Dream Foundation awarded her and her partner Martin Monahana a free trip to Disneyland.

Enriching a final journey

Santa Barbara, California (CNN) — I first heard of Dream Foundation in 1997 when the charity requested a visit to Graceland for a dream recipient. After the visit, I received a thank-you note and photo of the dreamer in front of the Graceland gates. I was moved by her experience and decided I wanted to get more involved, so I picked up the phone to find out more about the foundation. I was absolutely mesmerized and instantly attached to their unique mission of granting wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.

When I was asked to be an ambassador and spokeswoman for the charity, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. How could I turn down such a great cause? I’ve been honored to travel and represent the organization across the country at special events and corporate meetings, as well as in public service announcements, television and print interviews.

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Magic Valley Family Headed To Disneyland

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A Twin Falls family is headed to Disneyland all because of the Dream Foundation and St. Luke’s Magic Valley.

Christina Varney was recently diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and is going through treatment.

The Dream Foundation is sending her and the family to Disneyland to create lasting memories.

“Christina has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and we don’t know how long she will be here. It is important for her and her daughter to do something from away from here and the hospital, and they can make some memories together,” said Melissa Rowe, St. Luke’s Magic Valley.