Local organization grants wishes to terminally ill adults

Local organization grants wishes to terminally ill adults

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by Maggie O'Mara

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KTVB.COM

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 25 at 12:16 PM

BOISE -- An organization, which grants wishes to terminally ill adults, is helping families create memories as they face a very difficult time.

The non-profit is called Wish Granters and it has already granted wishes to eight families since December.

Last month, 34-year-old wife and mother Veronica "Vinnie" Goodman lost her battle with breast cancer.  A week before she died, Veronica, her husband Royce, and their young son took one last family trip to the Oregon coast.

It was Veronica's last wish -- to go back to a place she loved.

"This was the first trip she and I ever took," said Royce Goodman.  "It had such good memories, she wanted to do it one last time.  It game us memories for years to come, especially for him, for the boy.  It gave him memories that can't be replaced and she might not be here, but those are there."

The trip was made possible thanks to a local organization called Wish Granters.

"I granted wishes for kids for over 12 years and it was a very rewarding experience, but I knew there was a need for something to be done for adults and their families." said Doug Raper with Wish Granters.  "So last summer I decided it was time, and we formed Wish Granters."

The first wish granted was in December, more followed, and now eight wishes have been granted.

Wish Granters raises money to pay for wishes through special events, and accepts donations from the community.

"We have six or seven more who are waiting for wishes to happen once the funds are there to do them, and we are working all the time to bring in that funding," said Doug.

For Royce, that last trip together with Veronica meant so much.

"If we can come into their life and give them something to look forward to and hold onto a memory that they can have forever, that's what we were formed for," said Doug.

Right now, Wish Granters works with terminally ill patients in Ada and Canyon Counties.  One day, Doug hopes to take it statewide.

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