His final wish was to be able to watch his son play football one more time, and his nurse made sure that he was able to fulfill that wish.
This Kentucky father wished for one thing. That was so he could watch his son play in his first football game of his sophomore season.
As you can see, a diagnosis of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis was given to Scott Sullivan. The clock was ticking, but all this father wanted was to watch his son play sports. He didn’t have a long list of other things he wanted to accomplish; he just wanted to watch his son play.
The cancerous cells in Scott’s body have moved to the membranes that cover his brain and spinal cord. And even with treatment, he probably had little more than perhaps four months left to live at the most. So it was important to him to keep one more memory.
After receiving anomalous test results at the beginning of August of the year 2020, medical professionals were able to diagnose Scott, who was 50 years old.
Jerree Humphrey, Scott’s nurse at the hospice, had become a close friend of Scott’s due to the fact that both of their teenage children participated in sports. And at schools that are competitors!
Jerree had compassion for Scott, but she also understood that this was a very dangerous move. The game was a three and a half hour trip away, and Scott was eager to drive himself all the way to Belfry. As a nurse, she was aware that it was an extremely challenging decision.
She said CNN: “I thought you know you’re talking seven or eight hours in the car and I said I don’t know how safe that would be or how realistic.”
Jerree was aware of how essential it was for Scott to watch Cade play, and she took this into consideration. Jerree, being the brilliant person that she was, then called a neighboring airport to inquire about the possibility of renting a plane.
After a few days, a local dentist and pilot named Dr. Denny Brummett, who also happens to be a pilot, learned about Scott’s predicament and offered to fly him to the game for free. It never ceases to amaze us how selfless other people can be.
Imagine how ecstatic Scott was in that moment.
To attend Cade’s game, Jerree, Dr. Brummett, Scott, and Scott’s partner, Kristi Harrison, flew a distance of around 200 miles. They were advised to sit on a grassy hill for their own protection, but Scott didn’t seem to mind. Best flight ever!
However, the most exciting portion was still to come. Cade hurried up the hill as soon as he saw his dad, and the two of them embraced tightly. Cade will never forget this particular moment in time for the rest of his life. And that was exactly what Scott desired as well.
Scott shared: “Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time. I was just so happy to see my son.”
Everyone was crying, including Jerree, Krist, and Dr. Brummett. They were there to witness a moment that was so moving and so lovely.
On October 4, 2020, Ronald Scott Sullivan passed away after a long battle with cancer. He put out a valiant effort and continued to compete right up until the very end. Cade will, at some point in the future, share with them the story of the courageous and unselfish dad who flew for his child.
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