Hospice of the Valley making dreams come true
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Hospice workers not only work with the patient and family to help with the not-so-pleasant aspects of terminal disease, they work to make a patient’s dreams a reality.
Hospice of the Valley patient Nancy Hathaway recently had the chance to check something off her bucket list. She rode the Swing Shot at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
This was no easy task, because the swing was out of commission. The Swing Shot takes riders for thrilling rides out over the 1,300-foot drop-off over the Colorado River, and Nancy needed a thrill.
A set of circumstances opened up and things miraculously came together. Adventure Park co-owner and hospice volunteer Jeanne Beckley called to let Nancy, her husband, Guy, and sister Bev know the professional who works on the Swing Shot just happened to be in Glenwood, and they happened to get him on his cell phone, and he happened to be willing to get the swing running ” specifically for Nancy.
It was exactly what she wanted. On her exhilarating ride on the swing, she wore a T-shirt that said, “Don’t Let Your Fears Get In The Way Of Your Dreams.”
“The husband cried, the sister cried, Lesa and I both cried. … It was so beautiful,” said Hospice of the Valley Chaplain Sean Jeung.
Now, with help of the Aspen Rotary’s Christmas Wish Foundation, Nancy is crossing the biggest wish off her bucket list. She, Guy and Bev will be spending three days in San Diego to see and touch the ocean.
Jeung, Hospice CNA Coordinator Lesa Russo, and the rest of the Hospice of the Valley staff is ecstatic and grateful to Melissa English at King Travel, The Aspen Rotary, The Quality of Life Foundation, Lincare and other individuals who helped make this bucket list trip-of-a-lifetime happen.
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