Good Samaritan Granted Cancer Patient's Wish
The Windsor Star
May 24th, 2004
I'm writing regarding a wonderful act of kindness that has left me with new faith in the human race. My husband, Rheal Landry, was diagnosed with lung cancer December 10th, 2003. He underwent radiation treatment followed by chemotherapy, which made him ill and not able to eat. He was admitted to Windsor Regional Metropolitan Hospital, and as his condition worsened, he was transferred to the palliative care unit where he celebrated his 63rd birthday.
He had trouble speaking was was unable to talk. My daughter finally discovered he wanted to go down to the Detroit River one last time. He always loved to picnic there and watch the ships.
So my daughter, Cheryl Racys, began to try to find some agency to fulfill his last request last request. Then, out of nowhere, Jason Rivard came into the hospital room and offered his patient transfer ambulance to bring my husband to the river. He donated his time and his business and offered to stay at the river as long as my husband was comfortable.
My husband immensely enjoyed his trip on a beautiful sunny day. He passed away the next day, May 11th, peaceful, happy, and without suffering. We later found out Jason's grandfather passed away in the palliative care unit and his family donated the room where my husband spent his final days. I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are and will treasure this memory always. A perfect stranger came forward and answered our prayers. God bless you, Jason.