58-year-old Mesa cancer patient granted Disney wish

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Robert Gordon has wanted to go to Disneyland since he was a young child. Now, Gordon, a 58-year-old Mesa resident, is about to see his dream come true.

Gordon was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in June 2013, but his illness was the last thing on his mind Tuesday afternoon, when he was presented with a basket for a nearly weeklong trip to visit Disneyland and other Southern California amusement parks.

Gordon’s trip was scheduled for later this fall but was moved up because of concerns about Gordon’s health, said his wife, Pat.

More than 60 friends, family members, hospital staff and neighbors gathered in Gordon’s front yard to watch the Dream Foundation grant his wish Tuesday afternoon.

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Ailing grandmother’s dream comes true

Though Lorraine Helton is confined to a hospital bed and has to take multiple medicines to reduce pain and bleeding from chronic liver disease and its complications, she gets a smile on her face and her eyes light up when she talks about her granddaughter, Heather Barbary.

Heather, who lives in Rhode Island, traveled here Thursday with her boyfriend, Zachary Marchand, their 18-month-old daughter, Addison Marchand, and Heather’s son, Christopher Lavery, 8. Friday morning, Heather walked into Helton’s bedroom and gave her grandmother a huge kiss.

Dream Foundation to Fulfill Dying Alameda Army Veteran’s Final Wish to See His Mom

Dream Foundation and Carl’s Jr. will fulfill U.S. Army veteran and terminal lung cancer patient Phillip Van Ingram’s final wish to visit his mother in Chicago.

Dream Foundation, the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness, partners each year with CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., as well as their Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s franchisees, for the national burger chain’s Stars for Heroes campaign which raises funds to deliver final dreams to U.S. military heroes and veterans.

Dream Foundation Grants Joplin Man’s Dying Wish

JOPLIN, MO.— At the age of 47, Joplin native John Vincent never expected to be faced with death. The news came the day after Thanksgiving.

“He was starting to have loss of balance. We found out because he was having headaches and he had that for a week, and then on Friday he started vomiting and that’s when we took him in. We thought it was something minor,” said Heather Vincent, John’s wife.

John and his wife, Heather, didn’t expect to hear the worst news of their life. John had a grade four terminal brain tumor, that managed to develop in just three months.

Letter of Thanks: Kind Acts for Hospice

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At Hospice Visions Inc., we are committed to offering comfort, care and love. Because of this commitment and with the generous donation from the Dream Foundation and Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center, we had the privilege of helping one of our hospice patient’s dreams come true.

On behalf of our patient, family and Hospice Visions Inc., we would like to give special thanks to the Dream Foundation for making possible a final reunion for a father, daughter and granddaughter. We would also like to thank Rising Star Therapeutic Riding Center for helping our hospice patient take that one final ride on a horse.

These kind acts and generous donations of air fare, time involved and coordinating these dreams meant so very much to him and his family.

TAMI SLATTER, RN, BSN

Executive Director

Hospice Visions Inc.

Twin Falls