Our stories about meaningful experiences are written as they unfold. Therefore, most stories are in the present tense. Some of the patients in these stories are no longer with us. They, and their families, gave us permission to share their experience with you. For those who have since passed, we share these in their memories with deep appreciation for what they have taught us about life and living.
Conley Murray has always loved adventure. He enjoys telling his Hospice Care Plus chaplain, Sally Iseral, about the adventures in his life. During one of those conversations, Sally asked him what adventures he still has on his bucket list.
Mr. Murray had a quick answer.
“I’d love to go up in a single-engine plane,” he told her. “That would be so much fun.”
Sally wasted no time. She contacted Eastern Kentucky University’s aviation program. They gave her the name of one of their graduate pilots, Corey Oney. Not only did Corey agree to take Mr. Murray up in his plane, but he donated the fee. Next, Sally contacted the Central Kentucky Regional Airport, where Corey’s flight would originate. They, too, were on board with the idea and donated the airport’s fees.
On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Mr. Murray’s dream came true. Corey helped him into the small craft, and they took off into a beautiful blue sky. They spent nearly an hour exploring Madison County from the air, including a flight over the Pinnacles in Berea.
When they returned, and after a delicate dance to help him out of the plane, Mr. Murray had an enormous smile and a few words.
“That was so much fun!” he told everyone gathered, as he distributed warm hugs to his Hospice Care Plus team, friends, and family.
His wife, Mrs. Murray, captured her feelings in a tearful moment just after takeoff, flanked by Mr. Murray’s hospice nurse, Connie, and his hospice social worker, Kristy.
“I think it’s wonderful, isn’t it? Just wonderful. That’s his dream. He’s always wanted to do this, and I’m so happy.”
Our thanks to EKU for sending us in the right direction, to the incredible Corey Oney, who was so gracious and kind, and to Central Kentucky Regional Airport. Our deepest gratitude for helping a special gentleman have another taste of adventure.
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