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  • Hospice patient thankful for gifts

  • CARTERVILLE — Todd Humbard, 42 of Carterville, is a hospice patient with Avalon Hospice of Joplin.
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  • CARTERVILLE — Todd Humbard, 42 of Carterville, is a hospice patient with Avalon Hospice of Joplin.
    On Monday, he received a $100 gift card to use at Vintage Stock of Joplin.
    “Since Todd is kind of unable to get out and to go shopping, we brought it (items) to him,” said Kari Most with Avalon Hospice. “Vintage Stock of Joplin and Avalon collaborated, this would be the best way for him to get it. Vintage Stock was very gracious, Todd made a wish list, he wrote out everything that he wanted and we put some things together, he had a limited amount on a card. We were able to bring this together and now Todd is going to spend this $100.”
    Items included were DVDs and Star Wars action figures.
    “I saw Star Wars when I was 6 years old,” Humbard said.
    He said he collected some of the action figures when he was a young child and then in 1983, he stopped collecting. When Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace came out in 1999, he started to collecting items again. Today, he said he has 100s of them.
    “He was diagnosed with his (brain) cancer last November 2012,” Most said. “He did some radiation, chemotherapy and then he was having trouble getting in and out of the home. With a doctor’s recommendation, chose to go with hospice, so that we can keep him home, manage him in the home and take care of him everyday. The Dream Foundation, because Ginger Brown of Freeman Cancer Institute, helped Todd write a letter asking for s lift chair, which has helped him immensely with mobility.”
    “This chair has really opened up my world, I don’t have to lay in the bed all day,” he said.
    He said he will enjoy the action figures and the DVDs he got with his gift card.
    He lives with his mother, Emily.
    “My dad died in May 2008, five weeks later, my grandma died,” Humbard said. “Now at 42, I am on that path. It is hard, really hard at 42, with dying from this terminal illness. It is just hard coming down this road, you know, dying at 42. You shouldn’t have to look at the abyss of your own mortality and seeing the end of it. But there is nothing that can be done and it just happens.”
    During the ceremony, Humbard had his mother, a family friend and nurses with him.
    Humbard has family involved in Neosho schools.
    “I am so grateful for everything,” he said.
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