Making a final wish come true is the finest way to go out on top for a terminally sick patient. It happened to a dad at the season’s first football game, when he was able to hug his kid. Scott Sullivan, of Somerset, Kentucky, was near death from a rare kind of cancer and even with treatment he only had a few months to live.
Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a cancer complication characterized by the spread of the illness to the membranes protecting the brain and spinal cord, has a two- to four-month overall survival rate.
Throughout Scott’s body, his cancer had metastasized, affecting tissues such as his brain and spinal cord. His prognosis was grim even with therapy; he had just a few months to live. As a result, he sought to add one more memory to his collection.
During the first half of August in the year 2020, physicians discovered Scott’s illness after receiving some unexpectedly high levels of certain lab tests. Cade Sullivan, a student at Pulaski County High School, was getting ready to play his first football game of his sophomore year. The game would be his father’s final public show of support for him.
Jerree Humphrey, Scott’s hospice nurse, had become a close friend with her patient, since both of their children were active in sports.
Jerree was sympathetic towards Scott, but she also understood the gravity of the situation. Scott was willing to make the three-and-a-half-hour journey to Belfry to attend the game. “I thought you know you’re talking seven or eight hours in the car and I said I don’t know how safe that would be or how realistic,” Jerree told a CNN reporter.
Jerree was well aware of how crucial it was for Scott to watch Cade perform on the field. Jerree called the nearest airport and see if any flights were available.
Dr. Denny Brummett, a local dentist and pilot, learned of Scott’s plight within a few days and offered to fly him to the game as a favor. It’s mind-blowing how giving and unselfish people can be.
Only Jerree, Dr. Brummett, Scott, and his partner Kristi Harrison made the 200-mile round trip to attend Cade’s soccer match. Scott didn’t seem to mind that they were perched on top of a grassy slope for their own protection.
The greatest, though, was yet to arrive. When Cade spotted his father, he ran up the hill, the two of them embracing tightly. Cade will remember this event for the rest of his life. That was also the Scott intention for making the trip.
Scott was emotional: “Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time. I was just so happy to see my son.”
Dr. Brummett, Jerree, and Krist were all in tears. Jerree was the most overcome. They were present for a moment that was both emotional and stunning. “You could just not help but cry,” Jerree said. “He just embraced him so hard and was just so thankful for him to be there.”
While Scott was fighting cancer, he could watch Cade play and compete. Being aware of his limited time left, he smiled with pleasure at the young guy who would carry his name into the future. And Cade’s children will inquire about Scott at some point after he is deceased.
On the 4th of October, 2020, Ronald Scott Sullivan passed away. He put up a valiant effort and competed all the way to the end. Cade will one day tell them the story of the courageous and selfless father who took a final risk to leave a lasting memory for his son to pass to future generations.