Patience’s tough battle with cancer led her Wish Granters and the Presque Isle community to improvise. She was too sick to enjoy her wish with her family at home so dozens of party-goers, carolers and supporters brought Christmas to her in her hospital room.
Patience was battling an aggressive form of cancer and was not well enough to enjoy her wish at home. Instead, Patience’s wish ‘to have Christmas with her family’ was granted in her room at The Aroostook Medical Center.
Patience spent a day shopping online and purchased gifts for her three younger sisters and step-father. “She didn’t want to buy anything for herself,” says Wish Granter Jamie Guerette. “That’s the kind of person he is. Completely selfless.”
Patience’s online purchases arrived the next day and were beautifully wrapped by volunteers. The hospital room was transformed from its usual sterile environment into a magical, winter wonderland. Carolers sang Patience’s favorite holiday songs. Buddy the Elf recited lines from the movie ‘Elf’. Santa joined and shared his best holiday cheer. And most importantly, Patience was surrounded by love, care, and attention that were imperative during her deepest time of need.
Jamie reflects back on Patience’s wish as she counts the number of supporters who came to the call for help. ”When we put out the call for help, people responded in a big way - over a hundred people,” she concludes, helped Patience.
The day full of caroling, merriment and quality family time brought a sparkle back in Patience’s eye. “There was a clear resurgence in her spirit,” says Jamie. This day of celebration, albeit from her hospital room, lifted Patience, and according to Jamie, “gave her motivation to keep going.”