Seahawks welcome Port Orchard Packers fan to home game to fulfill his final wishes
SEATTLE - Getting ready for a game at CenturyLink Field requires a bit more planning for Josh McCall and his family.
"Yeah, there's a lot to pack up actually to get Josh ready to go somewhere," said Josh's Mom Stacey McCall. "You've got meds and you've got feeding and you've got to make sure he's got everything."
Josh, 30, has cerebral palsy. He survived dozens of surgeries and infections but his body is tired of fighting. His family made the tough decision to put him in hospice care and they're trying to fulfill his final wishes.
“It’s been the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Josh’s caretaker Mitzi Scott.
Since the return from Wisconsin, Josh has experienced a rough couple of days- he’s in a lot of pain.
"It's a lot of cramping," said Josh McCall.
He's in so much pain that family says the medicine sometimes isn't enough so they're trying to make sure that Josh's final days are memorable ones.
"He's been in really bad shape the last couple days but this is a memory that he wants with his brother and nephew," said Stacey McCall. "He's trying to make memories with family so that they have a memory that is not of him in a bed."
On Thursday afternoon, the beloved Packers fan put on his Packers' forest green with some "action green" and headed to CenturyLink Field where his older brother was waiting for him.
"It's awesome. Been a long time coming. Me and him have been talking for awhile about going to a game together," said Josh's brother Jason Siever. "It stinks it's on these terms but it's good we get to do it before things happen."
The disease is taking a physical toll on Josh's body but mentally he's still bright and has a sense of humor despite his struggles.
“He's a fighter so he's never given up. Now, he's just fought too long," said Siever.
Josh's family is now asking people to send him a Christmas card or note of encouragement to keep his spirits up. You can send the mail to:
P.O. Box 4090
South Colby, WA 98384-9800