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Nonprofit helps fulfill bucket list for terminal
If you knew you had only a few weeks to live what would you put on your bucket list? Boua xiong tells us about a website that aims to help people fulfill their dying wish.
The lunch crowd at Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty gets busy on Wednesdays. Owner Tom Ruether, nicknamed Rudy, knows how to keep customers happy. After 30 years in hospitality he's taking his skills to a whole new level. This summer an article in the local paper caught his attention.
"There was a story up the left top corner about some woman from Hellman that had cancer."
The woman made a list of all the things she wanted to do before she died.
"Just reading the story was so unselfish...'I want to ride in a limo, I want to go to a cabin.'"
Rudy wanted to help and offered his cabin.
"His cabin is gorgeous."
Michalene Sullivan is the woman behind the article. Four years ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer on her daughter's birthday.
"They gave me six months to two years to live and it's been almost 4 years."
With the help of Rudy and his network of friends Sullivan got to cross of more items on her wish list.
She got to ride a mechanical bull, ride in a limo and together they started "My Bucket List," a non-profit to help other terminally ill adults fulfill their wishes.
"I will be in treatment for the rest of my life."
Kathy Austreng has stage 4 breast cancer. But that's not keeping her from serving on the board of my bucket list.
"This really was something that was on my bucket list to find a purpose."
The group currently has 90 people signed up to be a part of the bucket brigade to grant wishes. It doesn't cost money-just compassion.
"To put a smile on someone's face who doesn't think they have much to smile about., that's the best feeling in the world. That's better medicine than I've gotten from all my doctors."