A Daughter Requests Bucket List Ideas to Make Dad’s Last Days Special


The daughter of a dying man wanted to make his last days special. And she did — thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Patrick Mitchell always wanted to live past 100, but that all changed when the adventurous grandfather was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

Vanessa, his daughter, decided to use Facebook.

“My dear dad has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’m taking December off of work to enjoy some bucket list activities with him. Anyone have ideas?”She wrote.

She was overwhelmed by offers from complete strangers.

The father and daughter were taken on a private tour by a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue swimmer to a helicopter squadron. The couple also had a behind the scenes tour of the Navy assault ship U.S.S. Makin Island

That was just the beginning.

They flew to Las Vegas, and stayed at The Paris Hotel. They attended a major fight at the UFC’s invitation.

“Neither of us were fans, initially. We didn’t really know much about it, and then, just the bonding experience of being there with the excitement. It just felt like that entire arena was filled with so much life,” Vanessa said.

Patrick was losing his energy. Vanessa organized for a local violinist, to play her dad’s favorite songs, when he was unable to travel.

“To have this extra flood of love and support from complete strangers just absolutely made a difference for him,” Vanessa said.

Patrick was tragically killed in his fight with cancer last week.  His bucket list might not have been completed, but Vanessa says that her dad was a happy man.

“He was completely moved by the spirit of humanity, thanks to everyone around us just scooping us up into this big hug, and I’m just so forever grateful for,” Vanessa said.