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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Interesting Request

So I went to visit one of our new hospice patients last week. This was a really nice patient and we had a great visit. As we were nearing the end of our conversation, I asked her if she had any goals for her time as a hospice patient. Her response: “I’d love to ride with Mark Martin.”

Now, I had no idea who Mark Martin was, but I guess he’s some kind of NASCAR driver (I don’t follow racing, but everyone in my town loves it). She was half-joking, and the race does not come here for another couple of months so I don’t know if it would be possible anyway. Still, I thought to myself, it’d sure be super cool to make her dream come true.

I've always kind of thought that one of the jobs of a social worker is to help make people's dreams come true, and that idea was one of the reasons I pursued social work. That desire so frequently gets lost in all of the other obligations of Social Workers, but it is still there in the back of my mind. I can't stop thinking about this patient and her goal. I really want to see it happen, but I don't know how.I wonder how I get in touch with a race car driver?

2 remarks:

Algea said...

There is this program called Dream Foundation that you might look into. It is kinda like Make a wish for adults. I have been wanting to use them for awhile now. Good Luck

LeighSW said...

Dream Foundation is a fantastic organization to work with. Another option would be to research local racing venues. Often you can purchase a ride-along in a race car. It might not help her meet her racer but she could still take a ride!

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