Get Lisa to the Grand Canyon
Lisa Romero, age 54, was diagnosed with an incurable form of Brain Cancer. She had a golf ball sized tumor that was removed almost immediately, and she started a very aggressive regimen of chemo and radiation. She basically hit the ground running, figuratively, because she could no longer walk. But ready to fight nonetheless.
She began having dementia, and became incoherent on several occasions, due to small seizures in her brain at the site where the tumor was removed. She knew from the get go that she was going to fight and she was thankful for every day that was given to her. She has been in and out of the hospital, and she continues to fight.
Last weekend, however, she became out of it once again, and got it in her head that she was dying. She called each of us for different reasons, but we all knew it was her way of saying goodbye. She called me asking for a power of attorney, just in case, she said. She had quit eating for 3 days, refused all her meds, and just plain gave up.
Sunday night, her husband Ken, was there saying what he though was going to be the last goodbye he would ever say to his wife of 37 years. He said to her, "Lisa, you can't go yet! We never had a chance to go to the Grand Canyon."
That night, Lisa dreamed she was dying, but then woke coherent, and ready to fight again. She said she wasn''t ready to give up just yet, and started eating again as well as taking all the meds again. She had her fight back! We were all overjoyed and I was so happy to be able to take her grandkids up to the hospital to see her again. We had thought they would never see her again!!! WHile talkint to her, she told me of the "dream" where Ken told her about the Grand Canyon, and I knew it wasn't a dream, because she also thought of the rest of the weekend as a dream.
She told me a story of how when her dad died a couple years ago, his only regret was not having seen the Grand Canyon. Wouldn't it be awesome for her to be able to tell him all about it when she gets to go be with him?
I knew at once that it would be my goal to figure out how to get her to the Grand Canyon. I am trying to raise, through donation, $3000 to get her there.
New Message from Terry Kirkum
Sent from: Get Lisa to the Grand Canyon
One of me y team members forwarded an article about your mom, and her battle with cancer. I am the General Manager of Grand Canyon West. Grand Canyon West is a 9,000 acre resort, located on the west rim of the Grand Canyon, and is encompassed and owned by the Hualapai Nation, and is the home of the Skywalk.
On behalf of my team, we sould like to extend an invitation to visit this section of the Grand Canyon and the world famous Skywalk. We will be happy to provide your family with complimentary tickets, meals, and lodging at our Hualapai Ranch.
Please contact me directly if this will work for you...
And then, he left his number!!! I was (and still am) blown away...Shaking, I ask my husband, should I call him? He said YES!!! So I said, ok, and called him. Terry picked up the phone and proceeded to tell me that no it isn't a joke, and then confirmed everything. Asked about our situation a bit, and extended his invitation!!! Basically told me they would like to make sure we have the trip of a lifetime! Has your jaw hit the floor yet? I know I have been having a hard time picking mine back up!!! So basically we will now fly into Vegas, where we will most likely have rooms comped for us at a hotel(one of the "stations") for one or 2 nights, then the staff at the resort will bring cans to pick us up in Vegas and bring u to the resort were we will have full access to the grounds and all it has to offer. Which includes the skywalk, and maybe even helicopter rides!!!