Cancer-stricken father fulfills his dying wish to see his son play football for the final time – after his hospice nurse organizes a plane to fly him to the game
- Scott Sullivan, 50, was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in August; doctors say he has between two and four months left to live
- Sullivan is currently staying at a hospice facility in Somerset, Kentucky, where he has struck up a friendship with nurse, Jeree Humphrey
- Sullivan told Humphrey that his dying wish was to see his teenage son, Cade, play for his high school football team
- Last Friday, Humphrey organized a private to fly Sullivan to his son’s season opening game at a football stadium 170 miles from the hospice facility
A hospice nurse in Kentucky has helped charter a private plane so that her dying patient could watch his young son play football for the final time.
Jerree Humphrey, who works at Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, quickly struck up a friendship with cancer-stricken Scott Sullivan, 50, when he was admitted to the facility last month.
Sullivan had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, with doctors telling him he had between two and four months to live.
Sullivan and Humphrey bonded over the fact they had teenage children who both played sports at rival high schools.
Cancer-stricken Scott Sullivan, 50, fulfilled his dying wish to see his son, Cade, play his season opening football game. The pair are pictured embracing at the game
Jerree Humphrey (right) works at Hospice of Lake Cumberland in Somerset and quickly struck up a friendship with Sullivan. She organized a plane to fly him to Cade’s football game last Friday
When Sullivan revealed his dying wish was to see his son, Cade, play his first football game of the season for Pulaski County High School, Humprehy decided she was going to make his dream come true.
The game was scheduled for September 11, and was set to be played in Belfry – a four hour drive away from the hospice facility.
Humphrey knew that Sullivan was in no shape for a long drive, so decided to reach out to the local airport to see whether she could charter a small plane.
Just days later, Kentucky dentist, Dr. Denny Brummett, came forward and offered to fly Sullivan to the game on his private plane.
Photos shared to Facebook last Friday show Sullivan beaming before boarding the plane with his partner.
The dying dad was joined by Humphrey, who also traveled to the football game to make sure Sullivan was tended to at all times.
Humphrey (far left) and Sullivan (second from left) are pictured prior to their flight. Sullivan’s girlfriend (second from right) and local dentist Denny Brummett (right) also attended
A smiling Sullivan is seen in Dr. Brummett’s plane prior to takeoff
When they touched down in Belfry, the group sat away from the rest of the crowd out of an abundance of caution.
But when Sullivan’s son, Cade, spotted his dad, he quickly ran over and embraced him – a heartwarming moment that was captured on camera.
‘Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time,’ Sullivan told CNN.
Wish fulfilled: Humphrey captured this heartwarming moment showing Sullivan watching his son play football
‘Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time’: Father and son are seen embracing after the game
‘I was just so happy to see my son.’
Hospice nurse Humphrey was also overwhelmed with emotion.
‘You could just not help but cry,’ Humphrey told the news network.
‘Cade just embraced him so hard and was just so thankful for him to be there.’
The group enjoyed the adventure to Belfry last Friday. Humprhey shared the images of the trip to Facebook