On Friday, members of the Southeast Missouri Corvette Club will grant the wish of a Sikeston man with a terminal illness, convening at the local Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall to let Tony Ohara live out his last wish of taking a ride in a Chevrolet Corvette.
Ohara was diagnosed in May of this year with a terminal illness, and subsequently referred to Missouri Delta Hospice. While there, according to local CBS affiliate KFVS 12, he mentioned to the hospice nurse that he had reached out to an area dealership about fulfilling his lifelong wish to ride in a Corvette, but was told that the dealer was unable to grant his wish.
So, the staff at Missouri Delta Hospice took the matter into their own hands, with Business Manager Sherry Newell posting Ohara’s story on Facebook on July 31st, hoping to find someone who could help make Ohara’s dream a reality. Within just 24 hours, the post had been shared some 2,400 times, and nearly a hundred kindhearted Chevrolet Corvette owners had volunteered to give Tony Ohara a ride.
As of this writing, the post has been shared more than 25k times, attracting more than 500 comments.
Now, thanks to the desire of so many local Corvette owners to honor the last wish of Mr. Ohara, Missouri Delta Hospice and the Corvette Club of Southeast Missouri have been able to organize an event for tomorrow – August 17th – at 6pm that will feature a whole fleet of Corvettes. Ms. Newell will arrive at Ohara’s home in one of the sportscars to bring him to the Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall, where he’ll (hopefully) be surprised by a large gathering of local cars. From there, assuming Ohara’s up for it, they’ll parade through the streets of Sikeston.
In a follow-up post on Facebook, Sherry Newell said that the event’s organizers “encourage & welcome all Corvette lovers to attend,” so if you happen to be in the area and you’d like to have some part in granting the last wish of Mr. Ohara, do consider stopping by.
(Hat-tip: Corvette Blogger)