Photos Of Terminally Ill Patients Fulfilling Their Last Wishes Are Like An Arrow To The Heart

'I've learned that people who are going to die have little wishes.'

Most of us can do simple things such as spend time with family and friends, visit the beach, or go horseback riding, apple picking and gallery hopping every day.

But for some, things like that are no longer in reach. At least not without help.

Back in March, 2015, a photograph of 78-year-old woman suffering from Lou Gherig's disease went viral. But it wasn't her illness that stirred all the attention. The unnamed patient was spotted marveling at one of Rembrandt's paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — something she wanted to do before passing away.

Her last dying wish was fulfilled a local organization named Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederlands (Ambulance Wish Foundation).

Netherlands-based Ambulance Wens is the equivalent of Make-A-Wish Foundation and was founded to fulfill the last wishes of terminally ill patients.

It was established in 2007 by a veteran ambulance driver Kees Veldboer and operates with the help of volunteers and a private ambulance.

Veldboer came up with the idea while assisting a former sailor whose only wish was to sail a ship once more. So they did and that was the beginning of Veldboer's new career path — making wishes come true.

The foundation provides terminal patients with all the help they need to achieve their dream — from arranging the event to transporting them to the destination.

Since its founding, Veldboer and his team have fulfilled nearly 7,000 wishes. 'I've learned that people who are going to die have little wishes,' he told BBC.

"Our youngest patient was 10 months old, a twin. She was in a children's hospice and had never been home — her parents wanted to sit on the couch with her just one time.

And our oldest patient was 101 — she wanted to ride a horse one last time. We lifted her on to the horse with the help of a truck and later we moved her to a horse-drawn carriage — she was waving at everyone like royalty. That was a good wish," Veldboer remembers.

Veldboer believes that fulfilling patients' last wishes not only makes them happy for a moment, but prepares them better for facing the final hour.

'Our mission is to improve the quality of the last days of a person's life. By making their last wishes come true, we hope to bring a little light into their world,' states the organization's website.

Check out more photos documenting Ambulance Wish Foundation's amazing deeds below:

Ambulance Wish Foundation is a nonprofit and relies solely on financial contributions from individuals, companies and institutions. 


If you'd like to make a donation, visit their website at ambulancewens.nl.