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Dream Foundation Grants Joplin Man's Dying Wish
By Carla Pesono
JOPLIN, MO.--- At the age of 47, Joplin native John Vincent never expected to be faced with death. The news came the day after Thanksgiving.
"He was starting to have loss of balance. We found out because he was having headaches and he had that for a week, and then on Friday he started vomiting and that's when we took him in. We thought it was something minor," said Heather Vincent, John's wife.
John and his wife, Heather, didn't expect to hear the worst news of their life. John had a grade four terminal brain tumor, that managed to develop in just three months.
"We were stunned. We went to the ER and they came back and said 'you have a tumor.' That was on Friday, and then on Monday he had surgery," said Heather.
"They removed all they could without taking motor functions away," said John Vincent, terminally ill.
Because the tumor spread into all his brain, John's diagnosis was terminal. Now he's faced with having to leave behind his wife and four children ages 14-26.
"It's rough to think your going to lose your spouse when you're 38. It's really hard to take and I know it's hard for him because you know, no one wants to die," said Heather.
Now with the help of the Dream Foundation, John can get his final wish fulfilled. Which is to renew his wedding vows after 18 years of marriage and go on a honeymoon.
"When we first got married, we didn't have a honeymoon. I'm giving her something that she deserves," said John.
"It's very touching that they do things like this for people," said Heather.
The Dream Foundation grants wishes to terminally ill people across the country. The organization gave John and Heather a five day all paid trip to Galveston, Texas.
"Everything is paid for. They gave us spending money, gas money, everything that we ever wanted," said John.
"We still are holding out that some how we will get a miracle from God. I mean, that's all you can do is hope," said Heather.
"I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. Without them, this wouldn't be possible," said John.
This weekend John and Heather are going to renew their vows and then take off on their honeymoon Monday.