Police Officer Helps Grant Dying Woman's Last Wish

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Thanks to the compassion of one borough police officer, a woman with terminal leukemia had the opportunity to visit the beach one last time before she dies.

ABC News reports New Jersey resident Patricia Kelly might currently be in hospice care, but the 78-year-old is making sure to live the remainder of her life to the fullest.

After telling family she would like to “go to the shore” one last time before she dies, her granddaughters and daughter-in-law, Lauren Corbin, wanted to make sure she could say goodbye to the ocean again.

But after realizing Kelly would not be able to get to the beach by herself, Corbin reached out to the Ship Bottom Police Department for help.

It was Saturday that Patrolman Ronald Holloway drove Kelly to the water’s edge where she had the chance to enjoy moments with her granddaughters, engage in a prayer circle that the officer took part in and have a group hug.

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Despite being a rough 20 degrees, that didn’t deter the department and its officer from volunteering to help fulfill Kelly's wish.

Corbin adds that Holloway was a gentleman “beyond anything,” saying he was “so humble and kind.”

One highlight reported from the weekend was when a family friend came over to play guitar and sing songs, but it was when they sang Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah” that Corbin recalls her mother-in-law requesting they sing this at her service.

 “The whole thing couldn’t have been any more perfect than if it had been scripted,” Kelly told ABC News.

The generosity of the police department and Holloway touched Kelly’s family members, who shared the story on social media by posting over at the department’s Facebook page.

“A BIG SHOUT OUT to Officer Ronald Holloway ... he is a man who not only protects and serves but genuinely cares ... his extraordinary kindness and character speaks volumes of the man he is,” Kelly’s daughter wrote.

Now, the family plans to make their beach a trip a yearly outing in memory of Kelly, who is simply enjoying her last moments.

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m not scared,” she said. “I feel like I’ve led a good life and I’m OK with that. I mean, you can’t live forever. You only live once. You want to leave a good impression, and that’s what I’m trying to do for my kids.”


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.