The firefighters and hospice volunteers led Reis up and down the trails. He was able to smell the fresh air and hear the sounds of the birds chirping and leaves rustling. The group even put their hands up to his face so he could smell the bark and flowers they would touch.
“The wheels of a gurney are like a shopping cart, so very small wheels on a trail — and it wasn’t like one of those little running trails at all, it was like a hiking trail… And we would stop every so often, and he would just sit and listen,” Gardner told ABC.
“And you know, I went over to him, and I said, ‘Are you happy?’ He’s like, ‘I’m so happy.'”
Not long after his final trip outdoors, Reis passed away.
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