Top 10 Heartbreaking Stories about Dying Wishes

I recently read on the news how a 15-year-old boy, dying of leukemia, wanted the Hollywood hottie Cameron Diaz to give him a blowjob as his last dying wish. His father repeatedly called Cameron Diaz, but the response was always negative from the “heartless actress”.  But does this seem heartless or too much to ask from a celebrity, who may been as a pedophile

When Diaz didn’’t relent, his parents also tried to contact the agents representing Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek, but nobody cooperated. What times! A dying kid can’t even have a damn blowjob these days from a celebrity was what the father ranted.

There are others who had heartbreaking requests. As you read through the list you will feel a tremendous loss in this world. Some of these names are children, who had hopes and dreams of getting married, having children, graduating, but something terrible stood in their way.

Let’s examine the 10 heartbreaking stories about dying wishes and remember the souls that were lost. Their battles must not be forgotten.


1.  Brett Marie Christian

Palmyra High’s homecoming came early for the Sophmore Class of 2010. The dance traveled to the Monarch in Lincoln, where people go to die.

Brett Marie Christian, 15, was crowned homecoming queen that Saturday night and died 3 days later with her family all around.

The girl who loved horses and softball and Facebook and cartoons and peanut butter on a spoon had leukemia that was incurable. This is the kind that hits mostly adults and is the most dangerous kind, with only a 30 percent survival rate.

There were lots of things the high school sophomore knew she’d miss, including getting married, having kids, and growing old, but the only thing Christian wanted was one last dance.

Brett and her boyfriend, Treyton Carter, were able to dance the first dance in the commons room, with 50 or more of their classmates who were dressed for the party. Carter grew up with Christian, all the way through school and was very close with her, especially during the cancer battle. He would visit her every night; they watched TV, talked, cuddled and even kissed their first kiss.

The dress was bought for a bargain of $15.


2.  Barbara Rippel

Barbara Rippel devoted most of her life to raising her two children, Moly and Ryan. When Barbara discovered she had breast cancer, she did not have health insurance coverage. Despite being employed and being a well-known real estate agent, she died in debt. Her children wanted to make sure that does not happen to anyone else.

Before dying, Barbara wrote a letter to both her children. She wanted her children to use her as an example of why America needed universal health care. Both Molly and Ryan are now working to establish an organization to help people like their mother and do not have health insurance and do not qualitfy for income based or age based coverage, to get financial assistance and also pay for funeral arrangements.

“Use your gifts to make a difference and use your mom as an example of the need for universal health care.”
– Barbara Rippel


3. Colby Curtin

Colby Curtin got her final wish. The 10-year-old wanted to see the new Disney-Pixar movie, “Up.” But because she was cancer-stricken, Colby was too sick to go to a theater. So a family friend contacted someone at Pixar to see if they could help with making Colby’s dream coming true. The very next day, Pixar flew in an employee with a bag of “Up” memorabilia and a DVD version of the film. Together he and Colby’s family all watched the movie. The movie features a large plume of balloons released into the sky. Colby died 7 hours later. One of the saddest stories I’ve ever heard.

We have wishes for our kids. We want them to grow old, to get married and  to have kids. We also want to see them graduate. But when they are in such a state, you want every wish of your child to come true, whatever they may be.


4. Grandma Dorothy Ellis

This story is a tearjerker, so grab some tissues while you still can. A 92-year-old woman from Iola, Kansas, had a wish fulfilled by her family just six weeks before she died. Dorothy Ellis saw a man flying over her house in a motorized parachute and decided that she wanted to do the same thing before she died. So her family made her wish come true.

Dorothy’s granddaughter Holly and the hospice nurse who cared for Dorothy made arrangements for a pilot to fly over the family’s ranch house in southeastern Kansas. So on Sept. 18, 2012, on a crystal-clear day with blue skies above and green grass below, Dorothy was taken for the ride she had wished for in a rainbow-colored parachute and her son Tom was able to capture it all on video.

Dorothy died 6 weeks later.


5. Jennifer Linnabary

A dying mom got her wish when she was able to see her son graduate high school right from her hospital bed. Eighteen-year-old Ben Linnabary was able to fulfill his mother’s dying wish, working with the local school district to hold a private graduation ceremony in his mother’s hospital room. She died the next day. She was 52 years old.

Jennifer Linnabary suffered from a blood cancer called mantle cell lymphoma for four years. The year before, she was able to see her daughter get married, her final wish was to see her son graduate high school. As the mother’s condition worsened, family members worked tirelessly with the local school district to co-ordinate a special ceremony for February 2 at University of Cincinnati Hospital.

The video was posted on YouTube.


6.  Elena Deserich

Elena Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer at 5 years old. She began to hide hundreds of little notes around the house — in sock drawers, backpacks and even between the books on the shelves — for her parents, Brooke and Keith, to find after she died.

Excerpt from Diary: “For the first time, we saw a picture of the tumor. It’s not only large, but concealed within the walls of Elena’s brain stem. The prognosis isn’t good. Originally, we were told that we would have three to six months. It’s little reassurance that now the doctors say possibly seven months to over a year. That’s still not enough time to see my baby’s driving lessons, first date, wedding or children. The milestones that we remember most in life have been ripped from her hands. No chance, no hope. But it’s still months and right now anything is better than what we were originally told.”


7.  David Kime Jr.

“What do you want on your Tombstone?” This was the catchphrase of an ad campaign for a popular brand of pizz. For David Kime, Jr., of York, Pa., the question might have been recast as, “What do I want in mycoffin?” The answer was one last fast-food burger from his favorite restaurant,Burger King.  This wish was granted on Saturday by Kime’s daughter, Linda Phiel. Phiel arranged for the funeral procession of her father, who died on Jan. 20, to make one last drive-thru visit on its way to the cemetery. Each mourner got a sandwich for the road.

Kime, a World War II veteran, whose coffin was also decorated with American flags and his favorite burger, which accompanied him into the afterlife. According to his daughter, he lived by his own rules and viewed the lettuce on a burger as healthy eating. Kime was 88 years old at the time of his passing.


8.  Martha Keochareon:

Kelly Keane, a counselor at the college who received the message, was instantly intrigued. Holyoke’s nursing students, like most, learn about cancer from textbooks. They get some experience with acutely ill patients during a rotation on the medical-surgical floor of a hospital. They practice their skills in the college’s simulation lab on sophisticated mannequins that can “die” of cancer, heart attacks and other ailments. But Ms. Keochareon, 59, a 1993 graduate of Holyoke’s nursing program, was offering students something rare: an opportunity not only to examine her, but also to ask anything they wanted about her experience with cancer and dying.


9.  Tonya Davis

Tonya Davis faces a terminal illness and doesn’t mind traveling alone to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the only medicine that helps — medical marijuana.

And she doesn’t mind requesting a few moments of President Barack Obama’s time, so that she ca  fulfill her bucket list dream of telling the President the truth about cannabis, from a patient’s perspective – her.

It’s a simple last request. Tonya’s not asking for a trip to Disney World. She just wants to sit down and talk with the President for a few minutes, to clear the smoke about medical marijuana.


10. Shaun Wilson-Miller

A teenager who recorded an emotional goodbye video has one dying wish for his friends—to look after his dad.

Shaun Wilson-Miller, 17, suffers from a chronic heart condition and doctors have told him he does not have long to live. His body has not taken to his second heart transplant and doctors told him that he could not undergo a third.

The brave teen, who lives in Australia, used the online video to urge his friends to make the most out of life.

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