Someday, we’re all going to draw our last breath. If we are lucky, we’ll get to tick things off our wish-list. But you know what’s even better? Helping someone else fulfil their last wish!
A guy named Ryan Giancola was on vacation with his family. On the day of his birthday, they were having a good time at the beach when an elderly woman came to them and asked if they could help her husband surf because it was his favourite thing to do.
Ryan told sources that this was the old man’s last beach trip because he had a year to live. The man suffered from dementia. He then took it on himself to make the old man’s last surf, and his birthday, memorable!
He later posted a video of the incident on Twitter. The family can be seen helping the old man surf and it’s heartwarming!
Yesterday an elderly lady came up to us at the beach and asked if we could help fulfill her husbands wish to ride a wave one last time. She said that he is suffering from dementia and most likely has a year to live. What and amazing experience and on my birthday none the less! pic.twitter.com/RW0rdhugK6
— Ryan Giancola (@giancola_ryan) July 17, 2019
“Honestly the whole thing was amazing. I think the craziest part was that their family thought that we gave them a gift when really they gave us an incredible experience that we will never forget”, said Ryan.
As the video went viral, there were many who thanked the family for fulfilling the old man’s wish. There were also people who recounted their own experiences of dealing with a family member suffering from dementia.
More more more of this please!
— MoscatoMom (@Madelin56338477) July 19, 2019
Im fucking crying
— Rhunda Thurd (@ryannlallyy) July 19, 2019
Thank You for being so kind!
— JustWearADamnMask! (@RiderBabe52) July 19, 2019
This is simultaneously heart breaking and beautiful
— Leon Lush (@LeonLush) July 21, 2019
I can't thank you enough for doing that! I can say from experience that it meant as much to his wife (in the never-ending, tumultuous role as care giver) as it did to him. TY for restoring my faith in humanity.
— Elaine (@tack_cat) July 19, 2019
this is so beautiful! my step father is at the last stage of his dementia and I appreciate this so much. lots of love
— ♔ (@flawlessfalx) July 18, 2019
My grandmother died from Dementia two years ago. Thank u for taking the time to do this for the couple.
— James (@Jimmie51110) July 18, 2019
The world needs more kindhearted people like him!