A Son Surprised His Sick Dad With A Once-In-A-Lifetime Road Trip

"If we don't do it this time, we'll never get to do it."

Florida resident Matt Lea wanted to make the most of Father's Day, so he drove 12 hours to surprise his dad in Mississippi with tickets to the College World Series games in Omaha, Nebraska. 

His father, Bill has Alzheimer's disease, and it is progressing fast. Lea recorded a video of him telling his father about their road trip. 

"Golly, you're going to break my heart," Bill said in the video. 


"We had a lot of tears last night, and a lot of hugs," Betty Lea, Bill's wife, told KETV News. "It was a marvelous treat for me, as well, and Bill."

Mat asked his mom for permission to take his father on the trip. "I said, 'well, he can, but you're going to have to stay with him 24/7 because he can't make any decisions on his own,' and Matt said, 'I understand, but if we don't do it this time, we'll never get to do it,'" she told KETV News. 

Per the news station, the father and son duo always shared a love for baseball. Bill even played for Mississippi State in the 1960s.

Matt tweeted that he received an overwhelming amount of love and support from everybody, and that they left for the trip on Thursday. 

"I just wanted to have that moment of video just for me and him and just wanted to share it with some people and, like everything that goes viral, you never know it's going to," Matt tweeted. "It was a touching moment and I'm glad, just so much support and stories have come from people that are really warming the hearts of everybody and just kind of pulling everybody together."

A number of people offered to help pay for the road trip, but Matt suggested they make a contribution to an organization that helps people with Alzheimer's instead.

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