Foundation Grants Terminally Ill Man's Wish to Attend TX Rangers Game

Foundation Grants Terminally Ill Man's Wish to Attend TX Rangers Game

Girling Hospice nurse helps terminally ill patient attend Texas Rangers game.
It's been more than 20 years since a terminally ill Wichita Falls man sat in the stands and cheered on the Texas Rangers-- his favorite baseball team.

But that's exactly what Roy Mercer did Thursday.

A Girling Hospice nurse gives Roy Mercer a quick checkup before he heads to Globe Life Ball Park to watch his favorite team take on the Seattle Mariners.

"I'm kind of anxious to see that stadium.  I've never seen the new stadium," say Mercer. 

Nearly a year ago, Mercer was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Amanda Edwards became his nurse and says one day while chatting with her about his team, Mercer told her he was sad that he'd never get to go to a Rangers game again and that made her wonder why couldn't he go see his Rangers if that was his big dream.

"I just thought we're gonna have to do something about that and show Roy that even though he has a terminal diagnosis and he's a hospice patient that he can still enjoy life," says Amanda Edwards, a registered nurse with Girling Hospice by Gentiva Wichita Falls.

Edwards called the Girling Hospice corporate office and found out about Project 40:31 Foundation, which is named after the bible verse Isaiah 40:31. The Fort Worth non-profit organization helps fulfill the dreams and last wishes of terminal individuals.

"I told them Roy's story about how he loves the Rangers and talks about them pretty much every visit that I came to see him.  I see him every week, and they were able to get us some tickets donated," Edwards says.

"I've got a nurse and and aid going with me and a strong man to pick me up if I fall," Mercer adds.

After getting Mercer settled in the car, Team Mercer made their way to Globe Life Park in Arlington where the 74 year old's final dream wish of watching the Rangers came true.

Roy Mercer made this afternoon's game memorable by taking some pictures. He even posed with Rangers Captain and got to see his favorite team win 8 to 6 against the Seattle Mariners.
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