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.