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Social Worker Helps Make Ailing Elvis Fan’s Dream Come True

Leo Kolodzek and his wife Dianne surrounded by Elvis memorabilia. Photo courtesy of the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Wisconsin resident Leo Kolodzek, who has lung cancer, always wanted to visit Graceland, the Tennessee home of his idol Elvis Presley, this article in the Fond du Lac Reporter said.

National Association of Social Workers member Kristy Herzig, who works for Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope program, urged Kolodzek to apply to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The organization arranged for the trip but Kolodzek worried his health could worsen during the journey, putting more strain on his wife Dianne.

Herzg called the foundation back and the organization arranged to send a basket of Elvis memorabilia to Kolodzek. They also arranged in secret for Elvis’ former wife Priscilla Presley to call Kolodzek. Priscilla Presley is an ambassador with the foundation.

“It was such a relaxing phone call,” Kolodzek continued. “And the fact it really was her just blew my mind. It was amazing. I told her she made my day and that her call was better than going to Graceland.”

Cheers to the Fond du Lac Reporter for showing the great work social workers do.

Social workers help clients live as well as possible with serious illnesses. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Health and Wellness website by clicking here.

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