Freedom on an Open Road

Monday, April 24, 2017 | Agape Staff


There is something magical about rolling down a country lane on a motorcycle, colors are brighter and the air is alive with outdoor scents of fresh cut grass, rich tilled soil and exotic smelling wild flowers. It is a far-removed experience from being encapsulated behind metal and glass in an air conditioned environment where modern suspension removes you from the feel of the road.

 

The freedom and feel of being out on the open road is something Jessie Guenther fell in love with after serving his  Country for eight years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Jesse, purchased an anniversary edition Harley Heritage Softail when he returned from the war and from that time on, took every opportunity  to hit the open road to feel the sun on his face and the wind in his hair.

 

A few years ago Jessie suffered a stroke and along with the stroke, his ability to ride his bike came to an end, but his passion for the freedom it had once provided would never die.

 

Recently the staff and leadership within the Lexington Hospice House devised a plan to give "Uncle Jessie," as he is referred to by staff members a way to once again experience the open road and feel the warm sun on his face and the wind in his hair. The staff arranged to take Jessie by convertible to Harley Haven, in Irmo. There Jessie was able to check out all the bikes on their showroom floor.

 

"Wow, wow, wow," was all Jessie could say as he admired a 2016 Heritage Softail. Jessie, was in awe as he sat next to the powerful bike which looked to be in motion even as it sat perfectly still, its shiny chrome gleaming in the showroom lights. Jessie looked the bike over for several minutes before looking up at the salesman with a large grin and saying, "I will take it."



I want to start by saying Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I have worked with Agape since 2011 and been in hospice since 2005. All of these years did not prepare me to be a family member. I cannot say enough amazing things about our staff. They made this very surprising and short process a beautiful one that was full of love, comfort, and compassion. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for sharing this moment with me and my family. 

Ashley Russell-Gause, CHC, Agapé Hospice Employee