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Hospice Program Grants Wishes Of Two 90 Year Old OSU Fans


UPDATED: Wednesday October 9, 2013 12:09 AM

A final wish was granted for a pair of lifelong buckeye fans through their hospice program.

Richard Payne and Robert Evans, both 90 years old, got the VIP treatment Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
 
Some things just go with being 90 years old. You don't get around like you used to and some things aren't as clear as they used to be.
 
But for Richard Payne and Robert Evans, one thing that hasn't faded is their love of the Buckeyes.
 
"I've had tickets since 1949," said Evans.
 
"I can remember 'Hopalong' Cassidy intercepting a pass and going for a touchdown," said Payne.
 
The two members of OSU's Class of 1949 were given an all access tour of The Ohio State University's football practice facility.
 
They toured where the team holds its meetings and where players get their gear. They even got to watch the team practice.
 
"It's not just a team. It's THE team!" said Payne.
 
Last weekend, he says "THE Team" nearly pushed him into his 5th heart attack.
 
"I popped a couple of my nitros because the excitement made my heart pound too much," he laughed. "It doesn't happen too often, but I'm glad I have it handy!"
 
After practice, the men had an audience with Coach Urban Meyer.
 
"We sure are proud of you!" Payne told Meyer.
 
For two men who know the true value of time, days don't get much better than this.
 
"Oh hell, I'm happy as a lark!" said Payne.
 
"It's been a long journey really, but a good one," said Evans. "I've enjoyed every bit of it."
 
Tuesday's tour was arranged by Senior Independence Home Health and Hospice through its Make it Happen Program.
 
Senior Independence says it offers the program to all of its hospice patients.
 
A spokesperson says they grant about 25 of these wishes a year.
 
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