Bettye Conrad has been a Chiefs fan her entire life. Therefore her only wish within her final days of life had to be surrounded by red and gold.
The 86-year-old is currently terminal and on hospice care in Adrian, Mo., but was able to leave with the help of caretakers and friends Saturday in order to watch the Chiefs playoff game against the Patriots at the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City.
Crossroads Hospice has a program called ‘Gift of the Day.’ Their gift to Conrad was ensuring her one last visit with Chiefs Kingdom during their first playoff run in 22 years.
Conrad said Saturday was the “dream of a lifetime.”
“I don't have many days left. I wanna make the most of what I have left,” she said amongst the crowd Saturday at McFadden’s.
Crossroads Hospice was unable to put together a meeting with Conrad and her favorite all-time Chiefs player, Len Dawson. But they were able to get her a tour of Arrowhead Stadium and a meet and greet with other former Chiefs players before giving her the celebrity treatment at the Power and Light.
We've never taken anyone out to this big of an event before. It's like being at a concert,” said Crossroads Hospice assistant volunteer coordinator Toi Hunt-Beechner.
Conrad was born in Peculiar, Mo. In 1929 and is also a lifelong Royals fan.
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