Sikeston hospice patient to be granted life-long wish

(Source: Jen Baird, KFVS reporter)
(Source: Jen Baird, KFVS reporter)
Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 at 3:55 PM CDT
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SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Sikeston man will be granted his life-long wish on Friday, Aug. 17.

Tony Ohara has always wanted to take a ride in a Corvette but in late May of this year, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He was referred to Missouri Delta Hospice.

While the hospice nurse was completing a visit, Ohara revealed that he had reached out to a local Southeast Missouri car dealership hoping to fulfill his life-long dream of riding in a Corvette, but unfortunately the dealership was unable to accommodate his request.

The team at Missouri Delta Hospice decided to harness the power of relationship and social media.

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Business Manager, Sherry Newell, simply posted on Facebook that the agency would love to make this dream come true. In less than 24 hours there were nearly 100 Corvettes offered and the post was shared over 2,400 shares. One of those who responded was Randy Newell, a member of The Southeast Missouri Corvette Club, and the club has offered to make this last wish possible for him.

The post has now had over 400 comments and 21,000 shares.

Missouri Delta Hospice along with the Southeast Missouri Corvette Club will hold a last wish event that will take place on Friday, Aug.17 at 6 p.m.

Newell will arrive at Ohara's home to surprise him with the Corvette. They will travel to the Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall where several corvettes from the car club and individuals who have opened their hearts and want to be a part of this incredible event will be lined up and awaiting his arrival. The plan will be to parade the streets of Sikeston if Tony feels up to it.

The community is invited in joining the event.

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