Heartwarmer Of The Day: A Dutch Foundation Takes Cancer Patients To See Rembrandt’s Greatest Works

A woman with terminal cancer had her last big wish granted through the Amsterdam Wish Foundation, who took her to the Rijksmuseum to see an exhibition on Rembrandt. The organization tweeted a photo of her hospital bed in front of Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait with Two Circles.”

Aaaaand, now I know my future: I see myself in a hospital bed, sitting in front of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA),” and if I could die right there, I think I’d probably be happy. Not that that’s what happened! This patient was given the ability to see some of the most fascinating, beautiful artworks humanity has produced before she passed.

The Amsterdam Wish Foundation (Stichting Ambulance Wens) has helped 6,000 people to have the extraordinary end-of-lives that they thought they could only have dreamt of without the Foundation’s help. The Rijksmuseum, of course, voiced its enthusiasm: “We give our full support to this extraordinary initiative, and have great admiration for everyone concerned in these very special moments.”

If you’re interested in donating to the Amsterdam Wish Foundation, head over to its web site; and, of course, if you want to help Americans to fulfill their end-of-life wishes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is the American counterpart.



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