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Take Me Out to the Ballgame
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The team of caregivers at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice came to know patient Erik Zinn early in his cancer diagnosis. Over the next four years, AHCH became a second family of sorts to Erik and his aunt Martha, who was also his caregiver. Together, they rode the emotional roller-coaster that comes with battling cancer and helped Erik achieve some of his most significant accomplishments.

Recognizing that the end of his life was very near, Erik mentioned in passing to a Hospice Social Worker Jen Dimond that the one thing he wished he could do is see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park just one more time.

Thanks to the fast actions of few and the tremendous generosity of many, just three days later, Erik’s wish came true. Treated to the very best seats in the park, a luxury suite directly above first base provided by Red Sox owner John Henry, Erik, his nurse and aunt watched the game. On the way to the game, Erik was at a loss for words. “You always hear about stuff like this, but you never think it’s going to happen to you,’’ he said. “I had been thinking about going to a game a lot, but I just kind of blew it off. But then I thought that this was one thing I could actually do before my time is up.” Erik received a proper send off from the nurses and other members of the AHCH family. As he walked from the Hospice House entry to the limo, he sported a Cheshire-cat grin from ear-to-ear. A small group held signs wishing him the very best. Nurses and staff who could get away for a few moments joined in the fun, and smiles were punctuated with tears of joy. After the seventh inning, Erik was surprised to look out over right field at the message board that read “The Red Sox Welcome Erik Zinn to Fenway Park!”

Erik returned to the Hospice House re-energized and with the most wonderful memories. He lived longer than expected, passing away in mid-July. “When he came back, he kept saying ‘I can’t believe they did all this for me,’’ his caregiver said.              

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