Wife Receives Mementos in Honor of ProMedica Hospice Patient's Heart's Desire
Mike Noyola-Izquierdo, volunteer coordinator for ProMedica Hospice serving Southwest Ohio (formerly Heartland Hospice), was helping plan a patient's Heart's Desire. Mike had contacted Belterra Park as the patient’s “Perfect Day” included watching a horse race. He coordinated with Rey Warren, Belterra’s b-connected coordinator, and they arranged for the patient and his wife to watch the race in their Black and Gold Room, a personal suite with all the amenities. The patient was scheduled to be on the jumbotron, to call a race over the mic and to have his picture taken with some of the horses. Unfortunately, the patient passed away before he was able to experience his “Perfect Day”.
Since the patient passed, Rey still wanted to do something for the patient’s wife. He gathered meaningful mementos from all the jockeys, including an autographed hat, t-shirt and goggles that some wore during their most recent races. One of those jockeys was the youngest to have ever won the Triple Crown. Though the patient was unable to experience his “Perfect Day”, it was meaningful for Mike and Rey to present these mementos in his honor to his wife.