Oct 01, 2016

LEXINGTON, N.C. – Oct. 1, 2016 – On Saturday, Oct. 1 Hospice of Davidson County patient Eddie Rycroft fulfilled a lifelong dream. Thanks to the assistance of Hospice of Davidson County and The Dream Foundation, Rycroft boarded a helicopter to view his hometown for the first time from far above.

Rycroft, a Lexington resident, is 59 years old and living with terminal lung cancer. Growing up in a local orphanage, some of his most cherished childhood memories were spent perched in hayloft watching the planes take off and land from the nearby airport. He would often think about flying and being able to go up in the air to look down on everything. 

“I am so happy about this day. I've been dreaming about this since I was living in an orphanage,” said Rycroft. “I am thankful to have this memory with my grandsons. From high above, I was able to see the place where I grew up dreaming about flying in a helicopter. I’m so thankful for Hospice of Davidson County and the Dream Foundation for making my childhood dream come true.”

“At Hospice of Davidson County, we realize each patient is unique so we always try to go above and beyond in meeting their medical and emotional needs,” said Dr. Jennifer Davis medical director for Hospice of Davidson County. “Mr. Rycroft’s social worker took the initiative to help fulfill his lifelong dream so it warms our heart to see it become a reality today.”

Experiencing his first flight and a shared passion for aviation, Rycroft’s two grandsons joined him in the helicopter.

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.

Hospice of Davidson County cares for more than 100 patients every day in a variety of locations including private homes, long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Hinkle Hospice House.

Photo: Hospice of Davidson County patient Eddie Rycroft preparing for takeoff. 

For more photos head to: http://bit.ly/2dzTV9F.

For more information on Hospice of Davidson County, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org or Facebook.

About Hospice of Davidson County
Hospice of Davidson County celebrated its 30th anniversary year in 2015, and much has changed over the last three decades. In 2009, Hospice of Davidson County moved to its existing location off of US Highway 64 East in Lexington, N.C. and opened the county's only inpatient hospice facility, The Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House. Today, the agency cares for more than 100 patients every day in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Hinkle Hospice House. For more information, please visit HospiceofDavidson.org.


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