Joyce's Story

A Collabria Hospice patient attends a baseball game with four generations of her family

“She said her experience at the game was almost a spiritual one, because she felt such happiness, peace, taking part in something greater than herself.”

Collabria Hospice and American Medical Response (AMR) joined forces to make wishes come true for patients in our hospice care. With our reputable medical support and AMR’s expertise in transporting patients with serious illness, the program called “Sentimental Journey” makes wishes come true for eligible patients in Napa County.

When our hospice patient and sports enthusiast, Joyce Donegan, expressed a wish to attend a baseball game, she became the first to take advantage of the program. Joyce, who lives at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville, had often attended ball games at Borman Field close by, but with declining health, it had become impossible for her to do so. Our colleague Collabria Care Chaplain Eric Vaughn coordinated with AMR to make it happen.

Four generations of Joyce’s family showed up for the joyous occasion. The teams welcomed her with red and white roses. Then, to great cheer and applause, she moved to the mound to make the first ceremonial pitch. It was a memorable moment in a day of many memories. Joyce enjoyed five innings before AMR returned her safely home.

“It was like a homecoming for Joyce; a chance to meet old friends, share memories, and visit one of her favorite places at the Vets Home,” said Eric. “She said her experience at the game was almost a spiritual one, because she felt such happiness, peace, taking part in something greater than herself.”

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