Miguel’s Journey to Space with Astronaut with John D. Olivas

While delivering groceries to 34-year-old Miguel and his family, SoCal Hospice Foundation volunteers discovered his great passion for space. Transitioned to hospice with terminal stomach cancer, Miguel was living with his mother and young twin children, finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Pointing to his telescope and sharing pictures of the cosmos, Miguel shared that he’d always dreamt of becoming an astronaut. SCHF quickly set to work to plan for a special wish fulfillment for Miguel.

Miguel, his twins, and several family members got the VIP treatment at the California Science Center where they were able to visit the retired space shuttle Endeavor, and meet a real-life astronaut, Danny Olivas, Ph.D.! Dr. Olivas spoke with the family, shared some special gifts he’d brought, and acted as tour guide for the exhibits. The most touching moment was when Miguel, who hadn’t walked in weeks, stood up to walk with the astronaut to the Endeavor for photographs.

Less than two weeks later, Miguel passed away, proud in the knowledge that he’d shown his children that it’s never too late to live out your dreams.

In loving memory of Miguel Salgado – November 2, 1978 – February 4, 2013

For more details about Miguel’s out-of-this-world adventure, see our 2013 annual report.