A mother and a grandmother, Violet has always enjoyed spending time with her family. Being wheelchair-bound and dependent on oxygen, however, her chances to get out of her apartment and do so have become few and far between. With a life expectancy of six months or less, Violet dreams for the opportunity to spend a fun and relaxing weekend with her son and grandson in Braintree, Mass. While there, she looks forward to visiting a favorite restaurant and seeing the local sights. A trip like this would provide her with happy and joyful memories sure to brighten her final days.
Cancer patient’s dream to attend Masters comes true
Raymond Finerty isn’t concerned with how many days he has left to complete his bucket list. He’s not even sure what else is on the list. But he knows he has scratched off the most important item: attending the Masters Tournament.
A quiet and unassuming Irishman, Finerty, 59, was diagnosed with mesothelioma three years ago. The incurable, rare cancer was traced to work he did in an auto shop, where he was likely exposed to asbestos in brake linings.
In March, Finerty was surprised at his doorstep in Queens, N.Y., by the Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.
Raymond Finerty has long dreamed about visiting the sacred links of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia for the Masters tournament.
And after three years battling cancer, the terminally ill 59-year-old Maspeth resident is about to wake up in a world where that dream is a reality.
The Dream Foundation, the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illnesses, is fulfilling Finerty’s final wish to visit the famous golf club in April and attend the decisive round of the Masters, one of the four major championships in professional golf.