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The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Health System Teams Up with the Dream Foundation to Fulfill a Patient’s End-of-Life Wish


LEWISTON, Maine – July 12, 2018 – The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Mary’s Health System recently teamed up with the Dream Foundation to help patient, John Wing, fulfill his dream of seeing his favorite band, ZZ Top, in concert.

Wing was suffering from stage 3A lung cancer. Sadly, the cancer metastasized to his lung, brain, clavicle and spine. His treatment plan was then revised to keep him comfortable and ensure he enjoyed the best quality of life possible.

John had played in a band with his late brother and hoped to attend a ZZ Top concert in celebration of his brother’s life. His wife, Linda Wing, shared, “We’d planned to see the band in 2016, but John was undergoing chemotherapy at the time and was much too sick to attend.”

When Agnieszka ‘Aga’ Smith, Oncology Social Worker at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, became aware of John’s wish, she proactively reached out to the Dream Foundation for help. The foundation serves terminally ill adults and their families by fulfilling end-of-life dreams that offer inspiration, comfort and closure.

“Initially, we really weren’t sure we could get John’s wish granted in time for ZZ Top’s June concert in the New Hampshire. Happily, it all worked out,” said Smith. “Just a week before the performance, John and Linda were notified they had VIP passes and would meet the band. They were very excited!”

“Thank you to the Dream Foundation for helping to fulfill John’s dream. This is a great example of how organizations can work together to make a patient’s wish come true,” commented Peter Holden, Interim President, St. Mary’s Health System. “Thank you also to the Wing family for allowing us to be a part of John’s journey.”

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