Oftentimes, matters involving chronically mentally ill people, who are usually poor, are not pleasant and do not garner much interest from the community at large. So, it's nice to have this relatively positive story to share.
A 63-year-old male patient in our Mental Health Services system (who must remain anonymous, by law) was terminally ill with cancer and dying in a downtown hotel--alone and indigent.
The man's only deathbed wish was to die in Illinois where his elderly parents (84 and 85 years old) and two brothers still live. But the family is poor and unable to make his dream come true--especially since he had to be accompanied by a health worker because of his extremely frail condition.
However, Mental Health Services case manager Karen Hendrickson went the extra mile and discovered "Continental Pilots' Wives," and their "Heart of Gold" charity. This group, made up of just what the name implies, provides free airline travel to families in medical crisis situations--perfect for this case!