Dream Team helps hospice patients’ dreams come true

Hobart and William Smith students worked together to help Joe go fishing one final time.

(story from Finger Lakes Times, May 30, 2018)

Ontario-Yates Hospice recently benefited from the DreamCatchers program, a network of local volunteers who work to make patients’ final dreams come true.

A group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges student volunteers, The Dream Team, helped two avid fishermen patients fish one last time.

The group originally planned to take Joe to Canandaigua Lake, but he did not have enough strength or stamina to make the outing, so the club brought the fishing to him. It included a picnic lunch and decorative pond table cloth complete with colorful faux fish. The afternoon was spent swapping “fish tales.”

Joe was moved to tears when he saw the spread and said, “I feel like I’m in heaven and I’m surrounded by angels.”

The Dream Team treated Skip to a picnic and a warm, sunny day of fishing near Penn Yan. While there, Skip shared stories about his life and explained the art of fishing.

Katherine Vangaever, a freshman at HWS, began the DreamCatchers Club in high school and is carrying on the tradition at college. She works with Ontario-Yates Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Jan DiDuro to carry out dreams as requests come in.

For more information, contact DiDuro at jdiduro@vnsnet.com or (315) 759-8225.