Hospice patient receives dying wish

By Alyssa Donovan

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM CDT

CANTON, Ill.--An elderly woman's dream came true thanks to a non-profit organization that caters to the terminally ill.

89-year-old Evelyn Guffey is a terminally ill patient with passages hospice.
On Friday the Canton native was given her dying wish, thanks to the organization Hospice Dreams.

Organization Executive Director Kansas Swain said, "Hospice dreams is about giving those patients an opportunity to know how special they are. This day is surrounded around them, it's for them."

Evelyn's requests were simple. A stop by her old home, lunch at the Dairy Dream and a drive through the park.

Passage Social Worker Paula Holaday said, "She's a very simple lady... She even mentioned today that someone else should be doing this not her. But we told her no Evelyn, today is about you."

The trip started with a stop by her old house.

She spoke with the current owner... sharing memories she had in the home.

Then lunch at the dairy dream where Evelyn ordered her favorite meal, a lemon shake and onion rings.

The day ended with a drive through the park that Evelyn says is the one place in Canton that hasn't changed.

Holaday says the day brought Evelyn back to life, "Her memory goes in and out but she remembered her house number, she remembered businesses around... So it is very good therapy. She's been alert and awake all morning, smiling. This is the most alert I've seen her in a very long time."

Evelyn was very grateful to receive her final wish. She said, "I think the people that did this are pretty wonderful. So thoughtful to look these things up."

Holaday said, "She'll remember this for a long time."

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