Group grants high-flying final wish for dying man

Dream Catchers make final dreams come true

BOISE - For Roger Haskins, it was the flight of a lifetime.

"I want to see where I live and what's all around me," said the 62-year-old who is battling inoperable brain cancer.

A non-profit group called Dream Catchers made his dream come true.

"I knew nothing about it and they just came and involved me and I'm tickled about it," he said. "I think they are great."

The local branch of Dream Catchers grants last wishes to terminally ill hospice patients in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon.

"This is our sixth wish that we've granted," said Linda Crawford, treasurer for the Idaho chapter of Dream Catchers. "It's really a memory for the family, and a time to to reflect, put smiles on their faces when there's not been a lot of smiles in their homes."

The Idaho chapter of this organization also incorporates service learning, with students from Boise State helping to make dreams come true.

"They are responsible to helping plan the dreams," said Linda.

Becky Stephens is a Boise State student and Dream Catchers volunteer. When her 14-year-old daughter, Yazmine, won a free helicopter ride, they realized it should be donated to help Roger achieve his dream.

"It was just a blessing of opportunities that opened up, so we donated it to him," said Becky. "We're just happy to be here... it's a little tear jerking, you know."

Roger and his family enjoyed every minute of their flight over the Treasure Valley.

"It just feels really good to be off the earth," he said.

It had a huge impact on the members of the Boise State dream team.

"It was really great, just to see his face light up at such a dark time," said team member Taylor Knapp.

"A terminally ill patient getting to do one last wish, regardless of the age, is pretty cool," added team member Yemie Lopez. "It was kind of emotional, it touched me, it was cool."

Dream Catchers is grateful for the help from Boise State.

"The dream team, they've been wonderful to work with," said Linda. "We're always looking for people to help us bring a little cheer into lives that are a little bleak at the end of life."

There are many more dreams to bring to life.

"We're looking for a hot air balloon ride in the near future for another patient and a train ride," said Linda.

Several businesses helped make Roger's dream possible:

  • Silverhawk Aviation
  • Mr. Auto and Company in Garden City
  • T-Shirts Plus at Boise Towne Square
  • Kona Grill at the Village at Meridian
  • Access Vans
  • Dutch Bros Meridian

If you know a patient on hospice or want to help make a dream come true, contact Dream Catchers Idaho on the group's Facebook page or website.


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