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My Wish: Local Hospice Grants Patients Wishes

We may not think twice about attending a baseball game or going to dinner with our family but the Hospice of Washington County says these are real, and possibly, final wishes for their patients who are terminally ill.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - We may not think twice about attending a baseball game or going to dinner with our family but the Hospice of Washington County says these are real, and possibly, final wishes for their patients who are terminally ill.

To help ease the pain, the Hospice started a new program called "My Wish." It grants a unique wish to each individual patient.

Tim Collins, 28, was their first wish recipient. He was first diagnosed with soft tissue cancer, but it has now spread throughout his entire body.

The news was especially hard on his long time fiancee Gloria Corbin.

She says, "It's hard just to watch somebody that you love suffer, and as much pain as he's in, nobody sees that the way I do."

Wishes can range from having a family photo taken to getting special transportation to see a new grandchild.

Collins' wish: Spending quality time with his fiancee at Deep Creek Lake.

"We've been trying to go up there for a long time and just never had the funds or available time to do it," says Collins.

Now it's a wish that is coming true. The hospice prepared a special getaway for the couple this weekend at Deep Creek.

The couple will be spending two nights at the Suites of Silver Tree. It includes a romance package with a fancy dinner, massages and a gift basket.

Also included are $100 Sheetz Gas Card, $100 Visa Card for breakfast and lunches and a camera to capture memories of the trip.

They say there isn't anyone more deserving.

"He gets out of life what he can each and every day with his children with Gloria with his family," says Lynn Milek, RN Case Manager with Hospice of Washington County.

"I'm really excited for Gloria and Tim to get away because they talk about being parents all the time and I feel like they need some romance," says Claire Winik, Social Worker with Hospice of Washington County.

Those wishing to support the "My Wish" program can donate at a level of their choosing or "adopt a wish" at $750. To learn more, contact Cheryl Brown, Development Director at (301) 791-6360.
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