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April 09, 2009

The Last Road Trip

Ruth Morris’ father, Ian Morris, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2002. He fought it, but in the fall of 2008, the former runner and pilot realized he was going to die. And he didn’t want to die in Boston, where he’d spent his last few years – he wanted to die in California, the place he knew as home. Ruth talks with Dick Gordon about how her family decided to drive a van across the country to help her dying father find the warmth and landscape he loved. The day before he died, in a vacation rental outside of Laguna Beach, he sat in a wheelchair and stared into a canyon full of monarch butterflies. That night, he toasted his family members and a dear friend, and said to each one of them “I love you.”

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