“Captain Bob” says saltwater runs through his veins. Despite battling lung disease and needing a wheelchair, the 93-year-old Army veteran dreamt of going out on a nice boat again to enjoy the ocean breeze on the water.
With the support of many wonderful people and businesses in the community Dream Foundation was able to send Captain Bob back out on the ocean with his friends and family, and he said he “loved every moment of it!”
N.H. woman granted dying wish, to see her long-lost best friend
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) — A Somersworth, New Hampshire woman was granted her dying wish Thursday when her best friend showed up on her doorstep after being apart for 20 years.
Fifty year old Stephanie Defalco was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in June of 2012. Just last month, her condition worsened and she was given one to three months to live. That was reduced to one to three days last weekend when Defalco took a turn for the worse. That’s when she made one request; to see her long lost friend, Ann Hollenbeck.
The two met as neighbors in 1983 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and made an instant connection. They were inseparable until circumstances brought Hollenbeck to Indiana and the two lost touch. Neither are computer savvy so social media was not an option for staying in touch. They were reunited Thursday though, thanks to Defalco’s three kids who tracked Hollenbeck down and coordinated with the Dream Foundation to get her back out to N.H.
Terminally ill man gets first chance to visit Disneyland
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.
78-year-old Jose remembers the first baseball game he ever experienced. It was a Dodgers game, and he heard it on the radio. He even remembers the name of the announcer – Jaime Jarrín – because he had such a good voice. Over thirty years later the Dodgers are still Jose’s favorite team but he has yet to see a game in person. He suffers from lung cancer with a prognosis of six months or less, and hopes his dream of seeing the team play in person comes true. He says, back when he heard his first game, that “the announcer made it sound very exciting.” He wants to take his family so they can all experience the exhilaration of his first live baseball game together.