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Cabela's makes wish come true for hospice patient

Cleveland 19 News

AVON, OH (WOIO) - A man in hospice told friends and family he wanted to shop at Cabela’s one more time, and Wednesday the store in Avon made the shopping trip an experience of a lifetime.

Albert Janosik, 89, is wheelchair bound and can’t enjoy his favorite past times of hunting and fishing.  Cabela's made Janosik an honorary employee, and even promoted him to Manager on Duty.

His daughter said this is truly an experience he will talk about for the rest of his life. Janosik was given a employee outfitter with his name on it.

“I wasn't expecting anything!  I don't know if I deserve anything,” Albert said.

He had a smile on his face from the moment he entered the store, and it never left his face. Jackie Mertz said just a few months ago he was living on his own and independent. She said it's tough watching her dad age.

“The hard part is just seeing him get older and knowing that he can't do what he used to do. Seeing pictures of him when he was younger and vibrant,” Mertz said.

She said something as simple as a shopping trip to Cabela's, will make him feel like his young self again.

“I can see him already calling his friends and saying, do you know what they did?  You've got to watch this on TV!  He's loving it!” Mertz said.

He also got to take home some sunglasses and some fudge.