Cancer Patient Uses “Gift of a Day” to Inspire

undefinedPrentiss Moody is the type of man who never gives up. The 62 year-old hospice patient has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease he fights day in and day out with everything he’s got. When Crossroads Hospice asked him how he would spend his perfect day, he did not think about how he might use it on himself. He decided, instead, to take the opportunity to help others like him.

For his Gift of a Day, Moody asked for a “stomping out cancer party.” Crossroads staff members put together an afternoon of refreshments, dancing, and togetherness to celebrate Moody’s life. Balloons, centerpieces, and a cake – provided by the American Cancer Society in acknowledgement of its 24-Hour Relay for Life event – featured purple ribbons and messages of encouragement. Moody’s friends, colleagues, and family were in attendance and a photo booth was set up to capture all the festivities.

Moody’s decision to spend the perfect day celebrating a full life in the face of his disease is remarkable. Rather than receive, he decided to give the gift of inspiration by paying it forward.

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