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Loved ones rally to fulfill seriously ill man's wish to come home to West Virginia

UPDATE: Sherwood Spencer passed away Friday December 8, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. 


A West Virginia man battling a serious illness told his friends his one wish, was to come home. For the past two months Sherwood Spencer has been in North Carolina at Duke University Hospital to receive treatment for complex medical ailments including kidney and liver failure.

Local pro wrestling fans may recognize him as Woody Numbers. 

When Spencer told his friends and family that he wanted to come back to West Virginia they quickly jumped into action to make the trip home a reality. 

Ed Crouser has been friends with Spencer for 30 years. He launched an online fundraiser to get the $3,000 needed to pay for the ambulance ride. Spencer's insurance wouldn't cover the trip saying that it wasn't medically necessary. 

"We absolutely had no idea that it would just take off," Crouser said about the fundraiser. "We just want to spend more time with him, all the time we have." 

They were able to exceed their fundraising goal in under 24 hours. 

"It was really touching and just warmed my heart," Spencer's sister Jennifer Childress said. "I knew he made a positive impact on a lot of people's lives but I didn't realize it was that much." 

Within days of launching the fundraiser Spencer was on an ambulance heading home to the comfort of the mountains and the people he loves. One of the crew members donated his time to make the trip. 

"When we got off the ambulance is when he realized that his request had been made," said Spencer's fiance Jess Murphy. "His dream of coming back to West Virginia had come true and that really made him happy." 

Spencer's family says his hospital room in Charleston, WV is filled with visitors and those who played a part in making his wish come true. 

"The outpouring of support has been more than we ever expected. It has absolutely been the bright light in this dark time," Crouser said. 

Right now the fundraiser for Spencer has raised close to $3,700. The family says all of the donations exceeding the $3,000 needed for the ambulance will be used to pay for his medical expenses and comfort. 

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