Heartland Hospice serving Central Eastern Michigan patient, Derek, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017. Derek played sports throughout his life, coached his son’s little league team and was a life-long Detroit Tigers fan. Derek started hospice care earlier this year and during one of his visits with Rose, RN Case Manager, he mentioned, “My last wish was to take my sons to a Detroit Tigers game. Getting to experience a game with my sons is on my bucket list.”
Due to his decline in health, attending a game at Comerica Park would have been his last, but he would have been able to experience both of his sons’ first game. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, Major League Baseball games were postponed. The Heartland Hospice team and Derek’s wife, Jill, worked hard to figure out a different way to grant Derek’s last wish.
While he wasn’t able to take his sons to a game, the Tigers organization surprised Derek with a video conference call with Lance Parrish, who played for Detroit for the majority of his baseball career, and Dan Dickerson, who is the lead radio play-by-play voice of the Tigers on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network.
Derek, Jill and their sons virtually talked with Lance and Dan, who helped bring a piece of the game to them when no one was able to attend a game. “He was so happy and expressed that he hoped this was something his sons would never forget. The day was a special memory for him and was so positive and comforting during such a difficult time for Derek and his family,” said Rose.
Thank you to the Detroit Tigers organization for providing Derek and his family with such an amazing experience.
To see clips of Derek’s conversation with Lance and Dan, click here.