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Medical staff work together to grant cancer patient's wish


Viki Cullen's mother-in-law Rashel Burkett is fighting cancer, which is why her family organized a benefit in her honor to raise money, but two days before the benefit Burkett was admitted into critical care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth for a collapsed lung.

"I was very disappointed, my family had worked so hard," says Burkett.

Her family was just as disappointed. "We were all in the hospital and jokingly said "so nurse, what's the chances we can break her out and bring her tomorrow?" and the nurse kinda chuckled and said, 'I don't think so,'" says Cullen.

But something from that conversation must have stuck, because Burkett's two-nurses Kathy Corey and Colleen Comiskey- started asking around to see if it was possible. "That's why we went into our field because we want to help others," says Corey.

"When you saw how important it was to them, it made it worthwhile," says Comiskey.

They asked permission and were granted approval to take Rashel to her benefit for a visit.

"We were just crying and screaming and just extremely excited that her wish was going to come true and that these people who we've know for two days had done this for her," says Cullen.

Tri-County Ambulance donated an ambulance and the EMT's worked for free.

"It's always nice to get the chance to do something nice for someone else, we looked at it as an opportunity to serve," says Allen Peery, Tri-County Ambulance Manager of Operations.

Burkett was only able to stay at the benefit for a few minutes, but Cullen says the family will be forever grateful. "I just want them to know how much it means that they would do this for people they don't even know. It's just so heart warming to know that there's still that type of people out there, that they would take the time and energy and money, they donated it to make her wish come true."

Burkett says it gives her the hope she needs to keep fighting. "A lot of people involved, but God had his hands all over it."


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