Hospice center grants wish to cancer patient in Macon

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A hospice center in Macon is exceeding expectations when taking care of its patients. Employees at Pruitt Health want to make their patients’ last days unforgettable, and their dreams come true.

On Monday, cancer patient Larry Fountain,68, got to put his illness aside, and enjoy his love for trains.

“I worked beside the train tracks,” said Larry.

The sound of a train reminds him of the days when he worked at the State of Georgia Water Works. He worked there for 35 years. Larry now lives in Gray with his wife, Judye.

“He listens to a scanner,” said Judye. “So he listens to things going down in the yard.”

Larry’s wife Judye knew about his love for trains since the beginning.

“One of his dates, he took me to the Amtrak station in Georgia,” said Judye. “Sitting on the bench for the Amtrak train to go by.”

For Larry, watching the trains go by, is like a breath of fresh air, from days at the hospital.

“He doesn’t get to do much but sit and watch TV all day, so this is a nice treat,” said Judye.

Larry has terminal cancer, but that’s not a worry when he’s listening to the horns of the train.

Pruitt Health and Northfolk Southern teamed up to make Larry’s dream come true. He wanted to ride a train and pull the horn of a train, but he wasn’t able to because of liability issues. The two organizations still made the day very special for him.

The special day is part of the Second Winds Dream Project Prutitt Health every year. With help from the community, they do their best make their patients’ last wishes come true.

Larry’s goal is to experience life in the best way possible, while he can.

 

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at eruiz@41NBC.com