MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Ann Livingston is seventy-six years old and was recently told she had less than six months to live.
But once you meet the Perry native you have to remind yourself, these are her final days. Her friends say she has a way of making everyone around her smile.
Tuesday, Livingston was granted a shopping spree and free lunch at Olive Garden. She was escorted by a group of her closest friends. They included her nurse, social worker and care takers.
Belinda Powers, Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care social worker called Dream Foundation last month and told them about Livingston, who is battling terminal congestive heart disease.
“All she wanted was to go shopping and have lunch,” says Powers. “Mrs. Livingston, she gives so much to others. She always has everybody laughing. She’s a favorite of ours and just has a good spirit.”
The Dream Foundation is one of the largest national wish-granting organization for adults. Dream Recipents are patients who have been given less than a year to live.
Livingston laughed and joked with the group, as she ordered a Pina Colada.
“I want the alcohol,” she chuckled as she told the waiter, who explained they had a non-alcoholic version of the drink.
Livingston was born Feb. 3, 1939 and only weighed two pounds. Her parents had 15 children and she was the youngest. She picked cotton as a child and says she still has the bruises to prove it.
But, during her shopping spree she took time out to have those same hands that once picked cotton manicured.
Livingston and her special group dined on salad and pasta. She sees the special luncheon as a reward to her care givers.
“All of them are my friends this one comes to see me all the time, this one does, this one does, and this one does, and that one does, so they’re with me today,” says Livingston.
Kim Dixon is one of Livingston’s registered nurses was also on hand for the
“Mrs. Ann is very special to all of us,” says Dixon. “I’ve been her nurse off and on for a while, so I’ve known her for a while. She’s very special and important to us.”