Granting wishes and creating unforgettable lasting memories with friends and family is what Fill Your Bucket List Foundation is all about! Explore the gallery below of granted wishes to get a glimpse of the smiles and joy that make fulfilling our mission such a worthwhile experience.
UNC Football Season Opener
Jermaine is 33 years old and was diagnosed with colon cancer in July of 2016. Thanks to a generous donation from a Foundation supporter, Jermaine was able to see the Tar Heel football home opener in person. He is a passionate Carolina fan and was thrilled to attend with his family, even in the HEAT!
Civil War Battlefields around Gettysburg, PA
Here are Lisa and John. Lisa has battled cancer for the last five years. They are happy lovebirds despite their many health challenges (John is a leg amputee and visually impaired). According to John, when he met Lisa it was "love at first conversation." They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in February 2016.
An avid Civil War buff, Lisa's wish was to tour battlefields and other historic sites around Gettysburg, PA and Harpers Ferry, WV.
Mountain Retreat, Blowing Rock, NC
Pam was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2015. She went into surgery to remove a tumor from her lung and began chemotherapy followed by 36 rounds of radiation. She is a fighter whose mantra is "Bless on!"
Pam's wish was to enjoy a mountain retreat in Blowing Rock with her sister and her best friend, Nan. This experience gave the women a much-deserved retreat (Pam and Jan are caregivers to a number of children in their extended family). As well, they were finally able to fully process and mourn the loss of their beloved father, who passed away in 2014 just prior to Pam's diagnosis.
Swim with Dolphins
Darlene has stage IV lung cancer. Her wish was to swim with the dolphins, something she had seen growing up but never had the chance to do. Darlene went to Florida with her daughter, Amy, and while there, they were also able to visit Darlene's granddaughter.
New Orleans Get-Away!
This is Stacey. She was diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 28. Her dream has been to visit the New Orleans French Quarter with her husband. WE were thrilled to help them celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary a in NOLA! They visited the local museums, took a carriage ride, and dined at world-famous restaurants.
In her own words- A Note from Stacey
"Can't thank you enough for all you've gifted us with throughout the week :) what a wonderful, doctor-free time it has been, indulging in good food, arts, and company <3. And, we couldn't have done any of it without you."
NCAA Final Four
Thanks to a last-minute donation from an amazing Foundation angel in partnership with the American Cancer Society in Houston, Mark and his buddy were able to enjoy both Final Four games in April 2016. We were so excited to grant this lifetime basketball fan his wish!
The Lion King
Lynette was diagnosed with colon cancer in December 2014. Her wish was to see Disney's, “The Lion King” at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Thanks to so much generous support she was able to watch the famous Broadway show with her sister and close friends from Bible study. One of Lynette's favorite things to do was to EAT so they also enjoyed a huge brunch beforehand.
Visit Vermont for Family Reunion
Marcia's wish was to fly home to Vermont for a family reunion. She was able to spend precious time with her family and participate in some family traditions like sharing a big meal together and having a game night! The Foundation was pleased to provide snacks and games as well as groceries for the special meal Marcia prepared (she loves cooking for her family!).
UNC v Duke at the Dean Dome
James got to go to one of the biggest match-ups in college basketball history when he saw the UNC Tar Heels face-off against the Duke Blue Devils in Chapel Hill, NC. It was an incredible game and despite the score, James had an evening he won't forget!
Super Bowl 50 with Mom
Grant is a 26-year old brain cancer survivor. He has had a rough year, but we got to help him start off 2016 right by sending him to the Super Bowl! He took his mom because he wanted to repay her for everythign she has done for him and basically giving up her life to take care of him! Go Panthers!!
Watch the Florida Sunset
Arthur is a lung cancer survivor whose wish was to sit in a cottage at the ocean in Florida and watch the sunset and look at the water with his wife, Roseann. We planned a special week for them at an ocean front cottage in Ft Myers. They renewed their wedding vows and celebrated their 30th anniversary with their best friends at the ocean.
Disney World with grandsons
Linda wished to see the magic of Disney World through the eyes of her grandchildren and we were able to help make that wish come true. Linda and her family, including her two grandsons, had a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Disney World.
Watch the slide show on the left for a small glimpse into their magical trip!
Very few people love golf as much as Bobby and so it makes perfect sense that his wish was to play Pinehurst #2 with some of his best friends. Meanwhile, his wife Louise enjoyed a day at the award winning spa and then was joined by Bobby for a delicious dinner at the resort.
Bobby was diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor that was difficult for physicians to find. Getting to spend a day at one of the most prestigious golf courses in the country was truly a dream come true for him.
In his own words- A Note from Bobby
What a fantastic day July 2nd was for both myself and Louise! I was very humbled by the Pinehurst No. 2 course, but even more humbled by the generosity of the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, all the folks at Pinehurst and the Carolina Hotel, and Dr. Mollin.
Weather was perfect for playing golf with my buddies, Jaye Thomas of Raleigh and Mike Daniels of Wake Forest. Needless to say, the course was wonderful and difficult, as a championship course should be. I did manage to break 100 with a score of 99! Upon completion on Hole #18, a Pinehurst representative met us and presented me with a whole bag of Pinehurst No.2 memorabilia, which I will always cherish.
While I was playing golf, Louise was relaxing and enjoying her facial at the Spa. And then we got to relax in our very nice hotel room All the wonderful treatment did not stop there! Right before entering the Main Dining Room for dinner, Jessica and Kristen surprised us with a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Louise and more souvenirs for me!
Our dinner was delicious, the service was impeccable, not to mention the atmosphere and the music. After dinner we were too full for dessert, but a member of the staff brought out a chocolate decorated truffle platter with Jimmy V’s quote “Never Give Up” written in chocolate. It was quite a moving moment!
Thank you and everyone involved for making a dream come true and for providing a short respite for both of us from the stress of the cancer I deal with daily. Your kindness and generosity will always be remembered.
Nashville & The Grand Ole Opry
Jimmy, who has had a brian tumor for years, and his wife Rachel experienced his dream trip to Nashville where he went to the Grand Ole Opry show and had his life long dream come true of spending time doing everything country music related we could possibly fit into his trip!!
He met Vince Gill and Little Big Town personally and is one happy, Country Music fan!!!
Lou Betty's Wish:
Help with Utility Bills
Lou Betty had a simple, yet very important wish, help paying her power bill for a couple months.
This was the only wish she could think of during a difficult time in her life. The Foundation was delighted to help alleviate some of her stress so she could focus on her health.
Family Trip to Disney World
James, his wife and their two teenage sons enjoyed a family trip to Disney World. James has stomach cancer and feels like this trip is a huge blessing for their family! The boys ages 20 and 14 had never flown before, and all 4 of them are so grateful for the time they had together. James was nominated by a close friend and at the same time by his medical team at Duke, so without a doubt, he was meant to be a wish recipient!! View pictures from the trip by clicking the slide show.
Caribbean Cruise Get-Away
Ylonda's wish was to go on a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean with her family and that is exactly what they did! A magical time was had by all and the smiles started before they even got on the plane.
Click the slide show on the left to see them being sent off at the airport as well as to see some highlights from the cruise.