The workers at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Georgia were able to grant this dying veteran his final wish by taking him fishing one last time.
Connie Willhite was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam dying of cancer at the VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia. Before he died, he had two last wishes: he wanted to be baptized and go fishing one last time.
The staff at the hospital were happy to accommodate his wishes. After VA chaplain Sam Scaggs baptized Connie, several other members of the staff took him fishing.
Greg Senters, a social worker at the hospital, let Connie use his fishing gear and, along with some of the nursing staff, accompanied him to Lake Leisure just outside the hospital.
Senters said that he was concerned that Connie wouldn’t actually catch anything that day.
It’s called fishing; it’s not called catching. So, I told him we may not catch anything, but he said it doesn’t matter. He said just being out there doing this was just as good.
When Connie caught his first fish, his face lit up. Senters said:
All of a sudden, the cancer and everything else went away, and what you see is that precious few moments of someone really enjoying life.
It’s amazing how fishing can do that for a person. We should all take a page out of Connie’s book and try to focus more on the things in life that matter, like fishing and just enjoying the outdoors.
Connie ended up catching four Bluegill on his final fishing trip before dying peacefully on August 29th.
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