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Cancer Patient Raises Money for Hospice
EDGEWOOD, Ky (Angela Ingram) -- Eric Miller volunteers several times a week delivering fresh linens and restocking supplies for clients at Saint Elizabeth Hospice.
He volunteers to support the nursing staff.
Eric says, It's a very hard field, you're never going to win. People are going to pass. Its not about cure, it's about comfort and dignity.
Eric recently returned from Europe. He spent two weeks walking 150 miles on El Camino di Santiago, a pilgrimage route in Spain.
I spent a lot of time in quiet and I would get up on a lot of mornings and there would be this incredible fog, just blanketing fog. So you're walking down this path and they only thing that you could hear are your boots on the trail.
While Eric was walking supporters symbolically walked with him back home in Kentucky. His trip raised 4,300 dollars for the Hospice.
It was no easy feat; Eric is fighting stage four pancreatic cancer.
I wanted to do one more thing that engaged me as a person physically, mentally, spiritually.
Hospice says they use donation money to grant wishes especially for dying patients, a lot of the money goes towards a building that was built with donations from just businesses and people.
Even through his personal battle Eric continues to raise money for the Hospice. At the end of his journey he learned a life lesson, one of inspiration he hopes to share with others.
He says, I decided right there, that day on those rocks, I was going to take my fear and leave it right there and no more from now until the end of my days am I going to be afraid to live my life. I hope to have a little more time to do some things that are beneficial to others but you know if this is the last big adventure I have, Im okay with that