Vietnam Veteran Granted Final Dream in Florida
Sitting comfortably in his bed Thursday morning, 66-year-old John Trask was granted his “last wish” to see his daughter and three grandchildren visit him in New Smyrna Beach.
Thanks to the Dream Foundation, a national nonprofit that fulfills the wishes of terminally ill adults and their families, Trask’s daughter Jennifer and her children were given plane tickets to fly into Florida Thursday evening from where they live in Maine. Trask is a veteran, so the foundation asked the Edgewater-New Smyrna AMVETS Post 2 Honor Guard to present him with his family’s plane itinerary. Honor Guard members Elisha Vaissiere, Ron Folmsbee, George Schramm, Chris Wilkes and Bob Lariviere did the honors.
“Outstanding,” Trask said as he was given his wish.
Trask was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2003, and he has spent the past 13 years fighting it off. Now on hospice, Trask spends his days at his New Smyrna home with his wife Diane and two dachshunds. Trask served in the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970 in the 82nd Airborne Division. (Read more…)