Man’s wish is granted to hear and see motorcycles one last time

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SAINT JOSEPH, Mich. (WNDU) -- They told him he had days to live, but that was over a year ago.

Eighty-six-year-old Miles Curry battles dementia and recently, he had special visitors come to help grant one of his final wishes.

"One of his last requests is that he could get somebody to get a lot of bikes over to his house that he could see them and hear them one more time," said Pastor Willie Lark, the organizer of the surprise. "I never met him before, never seen him. If I'm able to help someone regardless of race or color, we going to do it."

The riders stopped in front of Curry's house on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.

"He first heard it and I said, 'Dad what was that?' and he kind of just started looking and he said, 'I don't know, I don't know,' and then his eyes just got big and tears broke out and he's happy, yes," said Curry's daughter, Lisa Donahue.

About a dozen men surprised Curry with a Harley Davidson flag they signed.

"When you know people love motorcycles, you never really meet a stranger," said Bishop Eddie Miller, one of the riders. "Here even though I don't know him personally he's a brother in the biking world and so we wanted to be out to support him and his family."

The group said a prayer for the family and Miller gave Curry his prized possession: Paw, a bear who has been on the back of his bike for 15 years, traveling more than 80,000 miles.

"Paw means a lot to me because he's traveled all over the country with me and still has a lot of my road dust from traveling, and so I wanted him to have it because it means a lot to me and just to be able to present it to him is a great honor to me," Miller said.

Curry was utterly speechless and unable to hide his excitement with the presentation of the bear. It was certainly a day he will never forget.

"I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it," Curry said. "Harley Davidson's always been special to me. I've had a lot of motorcycles, a lot of good Harley Davidson's and I've liked every one of them."

"That made his day," said Donahue. "It was just the best thing ever for him."

Curry has been in hospice care at home since August 2016. He battles dementia, but his family said every day with him is a blessing.

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