Here’s a story that should make you proud you drive a Corvette – and a story that should make you appreciate every minute you get to climb behind the wheel of your pride and joy.
Not everyone is so fortunate.
For example, take the hard-working 64-year-old Florida man recently diagnosed with cancer who offered up this response when a social worker at Good Shepherd Hospice asked if she could do anything else for him: “Why, yes.
I’d like to go for a ride in a Corvette.”
Rather than just laughing about her patient’s off-the-cuff comment, social worker Sally Beck set the wheels of a feel-good story in motion that ultimately provided a few minutes of simple, unexpected joy in the life of Bob Green and his family.
Beck shared Green’s comment with co-workers, who told Becky McIntyre, chief clinical officer at Good Shepherd Hospice. She called a friend who has a mint-condition, 1998 Corvette, and soon it was on the way to Somers Hospice House to take Green on his ride.
Under picture-perfect weather with a high of 89 degrees, a member of his church took Green on a 30-mile ride around Highlands County, Fla., in the Corvette, even zooming past Sebring International Raceway and slowing it down for a peaceful ride around a lake.
After receiving phone calls from Green’s wife, Sharon, many of his family and friends turned out along the route to cheer him on.
“It was a pretty good crowd considering I had an hour and a half to plan,” Sharon said.
Green had retired about a year ago after jobs with the post office, an auto parts store, and touring with their triplet sons’ Christian music group. Not content to just sit around, though, he had started a lawn care business and had already signed up 30 accounts when he got the bad news that he had cancer.
That led to a stay at Somers Hospice House to get control of his symptoms before he returned home.
The Corvette ride came like a breath of fresh air for Green. “This took the heaviness off of his illness,” his wife said. “He’s been so sick. It was so wonderful for Bob to be out in the fresh air.”
The next day, Bob was still excited about his surprise ride, describing it to a reporter in a single word:
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