Palliative care helps grant veteran's wish

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Fruita World War II veteran says he knows he doesn't have a lot of time left, but that doesn't stop him from dreaming big.

91-year-old Orville Jones suffers from chronic lung disease, and has trouble getting up and moving around, but all that didn't stop him from wanting to go on a cruise with his family.

The VA and HopeWest teamed up to provide Orville with palliative care, or specialized care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

He was given all the medications and resources he needed to make it on the ship, and he says he is forever thankful for the support.

"I wanted to go on this trip, and there were people that said I shouldn't do that. But of course, the palliative care said no, you should do that, and that's part of what we want to enable you to do," Jones said.

The trip was a big deal for Orville because not only did he want to go on the cruise with his whole family, but he and his wife wanted to give something to their family before they both passed on.

His wife of 66 years passed away two years ago.

For more info on palliative care, go here: hopewestco.org/palliative-care/



 
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