Nurse Helps Dying Father See Son Play Football One Last Time

Scott Sullivan
The doctors gave the 50-year-old Sullivan only a few weeks to live and discharged him to hospice care.

In early August, Scott Sullivan of Somerset, Kentucky, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, is a complication of cancer where the disease spreads to membranes of the brain and spine. According to the National Institutes of Health, although there’s a treatment for it, overall survival only lasts approximately two to four months. 

Sullivan’s doctor only gave him only a few weeks to live after discharging him to hospice care. 

All Sullivan wanted was to live long enough to see his son’s first football game of his sophomore year at Pulaski County High School. So, he asked his nurse, Jerree Humphrey of Hospice of Lake Cumberland, if it would be possible to visit his son.

Although Sullivan and Humphrey were good friends and had children around the same age who played the same sports, she initially didn’t accept his request as the first game of the season was an away game in Belfry, over a three-hour drive away, and not suitable for his condition. 

However, the nurse figured out how to make it happen and reached out to a nearby airport. After a couple of days, a local dentist, Dr. Denny Brummett, offered to fly Sullivan to his son’s game on his private plane. 

Sullivan was ecstatic about the news, saying, “Words could not be put into sentences or phrases to describe how I felt at that time. I was just so happy to see my son.”

On September 11, Dr. Humphrey, Brummett, Sullivan, and Sullivan’s girlfriend boarded the plane for game day. 

Shortly after arriving at the game, Cade Sullivan saw his father and ran up to hug him. The elder Sullivan said it was a magical moment because they created a memory that his son can treasure for a lifetime.

“You could just not help but cry,” Humphrey said. “He just embraced him so hard and was just so thankful for him to be there.”