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Salvation Army bell ringer has dying wish

RIVERDALE,Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A local man battling a deadly disease used one of his last good days...to ring the bell. A tender embrace between mother and son may be one of their last because Douglas Holladay has terminal lung cancer.

RIVERDALE,Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A local man battling a deadly disease used one of his last good days...to ring the bell.

A tender embrace between mother and son may be one of their last because Douglas Holladay has terminal lung cancer.

Douglas's mother, Dorothy Holladay, said, "he asked the doctor if he would last until Christmas and the doctor said I have no control over that. it's end stage we hope he can last until Christmas."

Douglas Holladay's dying wish was to ring the bell for the salvation army one more time.

"We're gonna fill three kettles before i leave. how long's that gonna take? may take all night. i'll be here all night," said Douglas.

The salvation army helped Douglas pull himself out the grips of  alcohol and drug abuse.

"When everybody turned their back on me, god turned me around and showed me the salvation army door and took me into their drug treatment program and they loved me until i could love myself," said Douglas.

Now he shivers in the cold giving back one penny, nickel quarter at a time.

"He asked them if he could just do it one more time for the holidays," Dorothy said.

"When I told them I wanted to do it they said, you're too sick. I'm like no I'm not," Douglas said.

"If it means one extra person gets fed or an extra kid gets a coat or an extra pair of shoes it's worth it."

That's a holiday message we can all use.

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