Jon Stanley, a veteran battling lung and brain cancer, knew that his time was coming to an end. He had been diagnosed only a few months earlier and his condition deteriorated rapidly, leaving doctors unsure of how long he had left to live. When his family asked him if there was anything he wanted, he had one simple request: “to hear Harley’s outside of his window.”
He had been riding for years, and even owned a brand new Harley that he had only gotten to ride a total of 3 times before he became too ill to move about on his own.
Jon’s brother-in-law immediately took action, began reaching out to anyone and everyone, trying to organize a group of bikers to fulfill the dying man’s last wish.
At 6:30 a.m., bikers around the area began making calls and organizing to ride outside of Jon’s home later that night at 6:30 p.m.!
The bikers met at a nearby Walmart and drove towards Jon’s house…but they weren’t planning to simply drive by! They were determined to help him sit on his Harley one last time, next to his wife, and let him be surrounded by the sights and smells that he had loved so much when he was well.
His wife reported that it was the greatest gift he could have been given, and he died later that night, but she knew that he was happy. The last things he had heard, smelled, and felt were the rumbling of the bikes, and it was the best way that he could have said farewell!
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