Woman battling cancer granted dream of visiting the Grand Strand
Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:22:47 GMT —
This week, Spread A Little Joy, a non-profit organization that grants wishes for adults battling life-threatening illnesses, honored one Kansas City woman's dream of visiting the Grand Strand with her family.
Erika Farthing has been battling colon cancer since 2006, and just recently found out her cancer has spread.
"It's still unknown. Everything is still unknown," Farthing said.
She happened to mention one day to a friend that she had one wish - to take a beach trip with her children.
"I said, 'Oh, I would love just to feel the sun and put my feet in the sand, you know, and just watch my kids play on the beach, oh God, wouldn't that just be great?'," Farthing said.
That's when Spread A Little Joy stepped in to honor that wish, and asked Lakewood Resorts in Myrtle Beach for assistance.
"So often everything gears towards children, but we seem to forget that there are a lot of adults going through tough times. So we were glad to jump in and help however we could," Shannon Gomer, CEO of Lakewood Resorts said.
For the past week, Farthing and her husband, along with 19-year-old Zachary, 10-year-old Sebastian and 8-year-old Chloe, have been having the time of their lives exploring the Grand Strand.
They have a beachside villa, meals, and all activities paid for by the generosity of Lakewood and other community volunteers.
"It was shocking that it was this much of an ocean, well I've seen a big ocean, but like to be walking around, I was like shocked," Chloe Farthing said.
"It feels like Christmas. So, it's just amazing. Really," Farthing said.
If you'd like to donate to the Spread A Little Joy foundation or know someone with a terminal illness in need of a wish, click here.