IRVING A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Oscar Gomez, a 17-year-old Irving student with terminal bone cancer.
He has a bucket list.
From flying to race car driving, his hope is to live life as if every day was his last.
That message hit home with WFAA viewers, who responded in a big way. There were many e-mails with generous offers to make sure Oscar's dreams come true, one at a time.
Oscar formulated his list as part of an essay assignment at school that helped him discover an important truth.
I realized we need to life to the fullest, because we don't know when our time will come, his essay said.
Oscar's bone cancer has already claimed one of his legs and is now spreading to his lungs.
And yet, he's never lived and loved harder than right now.
A brief two minute story on Channel 8 created a whirlwind of offers and concern from people nationwide.
We showed you his bucket list; now we'll share the journey you made possible.
The FC Dallas soccer team invited Oscar a soccer player himself to a closed practice. The players horsed around as if he was a part of the team.
Across town, Oscar's wish was granted for his mom and sister to enjoy a day at the spa as a respite from their worries.
You don't realize what you're missing until it's gone, Oscar said. You don't realize what you have until it's gone.
The 17-year-old has been forced to learn lessons far beyond his age, a topic he discussed when he met his sports hero, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo invited Oscar into his home, sharing his thoughts about faith and life. It was just the kind of reinforcement Oscar says he needed to move forward.
Throughout the whole year, I ve learned to keep my hope up, and keep my faith up, he said.
There was more for Oscar to experience.
He got behind the wheel of a Daytona Viper race car with his name inscribed above the door, cruising at 109 mph.
The team at MotorSport Ranch literally shut down their shop to prepare every last detail.
Next up: Oscar prepares to take flight in a World War II-vintage B-17 bomber. Once inside, it was like stepping into a history book.
I almost feel like we're getting to ride a roller coaster, but much better, he said.
On takeoff, Oscar's face said it all; the words in his essay were coming to life.
That was so crazy! Oscar exclaimed after checking off another experience on his bucket list. Most definitely, he said, one of the biggest ones, too!
In three weeks, Oscar Gomez has accomplished more than most of us do in years. His terminal cancer is never an excuse to sit on the sidelines.
I feel like I m full of life, actually, Oscar said.
And he s fulfilling his message to have an impact. So don't put your dreams off for tomorrow, because Oscar Gomez said he feels like his dreams are coming true.