ARIZONA NEWS

Last call: Arizona man to get one last can of Olympia beer as dying wish

Dec 2, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 12:43 pm
(Facebook Photo/Olympia Beer & Artesian Vodka)...
(Facebook Photo/Olympia Beer & Artesian Vodka)
(Facebook Photo/Olympia Beer & Artesian Vodka)

PHOENIX — It’s not often you find hope or kindness in a Facebook comment section, but one Arizona man is on track to get his dying wish granted thanks to strangers on the internet.

A Yuma man in hospice told his caregiver all he wanted before he died was one last can of a very specific beverage: Olympia Beer.

“Well, we felt really touched by that and thought, ‘How hard could it be to get a can of Olympia Beer?'” John Williams, executive director of Hospice of Yuma, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Turns out, it was harder than you’d think.

“We started looking into it and realized that Olympia back in January has stopped producing beer,” Williams said. “That’s when we started calling around to our local beverage vendors and saying ‘hey, can you get this for us?’ and they said ‘this is going to be like finding a needle in a haystack.'”

On Sunday, Hospice of Yuma put out the simple request on Facebook: Can you spare a can?

“The response has been completely overwhelming,” Williams said. “We’ve gotten calls from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, people from all over the United States.”

Williams said the original hope was to find someone coming to Yuma who was willing to spare a can, but instead found dozens of people willing to help and even ship cans across the country.

Eventually, they found a man who also shared a love of the nostalgic beer and was willing to share his last can.

As of Wednesday, the can was in the mail and expected to make it to its final destination.

“The gentleman that’s donating the beer, one of the things he told me is, he was keeping some of these Olympia beers in his refrigerator and once a month he would drink one,” Williams said. “For the same reason, it was nostalgia.

“He said he had one beer left but he was willing to give it up for this gentleman because the feeling of being able to give it up for this purpose, for this gentleman, knowing that he was dying, was a far better reward than drinking the beer himself.”

Williams added that while this was incredibly touching for the man involved and his family, it has also lifted the spirits of his staff after a tough year.

“It can be overwhelming sometimes for the clinical but I think that this has helped them to see and really kind of reprioritize,” Williams said. “It really is about the patients and we know that there are good people out there that they support us in helping us care for them and that means the world.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Shaqueila Hudson (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Woman accused of fatally stabbing boyfriend during argument in Phoenix

A woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death during an argument Tuesday in Phoenix, authorities said.
13 hours ago
(Photos via Buckeye Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Buckeye Police boost reward to $12,000 for tips in fatal hit-and-run of 16-year-old girl

Authorities have upped the reward for tips in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old girl more than two years ago in Buckeye.
13 hours ago
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)...
KTAR.com

Mesa police fatally shoot man who allegedly drove into patrol vehicle

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly drove into a patrol vehicle outside a Mesa convenience store early Wednesday.
13 hours ago
President Joe Biden speaks about manufacturing jobs and the economy at SK Siltron CSS, a computer c...
KTAR.com

President Joe Biden schedules visit to Phoenix for next week

President Joe Biden will visit a Phoenix microchip plant next week to tout his economic plan, the White House announced Wednesday.
13 hours ago
(Twitter File Photo/@PhoenixPolice)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police fatally shoot robbery suspect after car chase

Police in Phoenix said they fatally shot an armed robbery suspect after a car chase late Tuesday night.
13 hours ago
(AP Photo/Matt York, File)...
SuElen Rivera

Former Arizona AG says not certifying an election is a criminal violation

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard on Tuesday said there are criminal consequences for those who neglect to certify an election.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Last call: Arizona man to get one last can of Olympia beer as dying wish