Photo Book Lets Family Re-Live Last Trip With Son
NEW BRANFEL, Texas – A New Brownefels family put their son to rest about a year ago after he died of a rare form of cancer. He is now able to relive his last weeks in a photo book of an epic bucket trip that took them out to the West – all the way to Hawaii.
“Once we got the news that Will was a terminal and did not have much time, we decided to make the most of it. So, we made a trip. And it was … a million things, “said Heather Birdsell.
The journey began on the water.
“The first thing he said, which started from the trip, was that he wanted to go fishing. “He had never fished in his life – absolute daddy – failure,” said Jason Birdsell.
Another important point of the trip was to run a fast car around a track, something their son Will always wanted to do.
“I was so nervous. “And after they’ve probably done seven or eight laps, they pull back and that’s it – all you see is a helmet and a big smile,” said Jason Birdsell.
The Birdsell family took Will to see the Grand Canyon. They went to Disneyland. He even became an honorary member of one of his favorite classic teams, the Ghostbusters.
The bucket list peaked in Hawaii where Willie was able to swim and be a child, but it was there that his body began to slow down.
“Will still had, uh – there was a fairly steady decline. “So we knew it, we knew God was telling us to go home,” said Jason Birdsell.
Will had a short time after the trip to remember his family. His favorite stop was Disneyland.
“In the end, when he was really sick, there were several times he was there. “It was at Disneyland,” said Jason Birdsell.
Will took his last breath at home about six weeks after “The Trip.” It was a journey that changed the lifestyle of the Birdsells.
“I think we’re just trying to make the most of the time we have,” said Heather Birdsell.
The Birdsell family stands in front of their house with superhero characters during a birthday party for their son Will. (Courtesy of: The Birdsell Family)