NC woman’s dying wish to visit Carolina Beach one last time granted

Woman in hospice wanted last trip to beach. (Source: WECT)

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) – Ellie Duckett, longtime resident of Wilmington, has cancer. She knows it, her friends and family know it and now you do too.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking that defines her.

“That’s not who I am. When I look in the mirror, I’m not Ellie Duckett, cancer patient. I’m Ellie Duckett, pain in the butt, or whatever to my family and friends,” said Duckett.

Ellie retired to Wilmington a dozen years ago. She first battled breast cancer 20 years ago, and it’s probably cancer that will take her life.

“It’s not about dying, it’s about living,” says Kimberly Paul with Lower Cape Fear Hospice. “When we are partnering with Sentimental Journey, with New Hanover EMS. This is what it’s all about, it’s about putting your feet in that ocean one last time, that’s what hospice is.”

It was a trip to Carolina Beach that topped Ellie’s wish list.

Her wish was granted Friday afternoon when she was able to get her feet wet on Carolina Beach surrounded by family, friends and to the tears and cheers of well-wishers.

“I’m not afraid, I’ve had a long walk with my God,” Duckett said. “I’m happy to spend this time with people I love.”

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