Region 8 man gets dying wish to meet Vanna White

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 man will get his wish to meet one of his favorite TV stars.

David Culp will travel with his grandparents Thursday to meet TV personality Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune, and attend two tapings of the show.

The 23-year-old is a St. Bernard's Hospice patient who had a wish granted by the Dream Foundation, a wishing granting organization for terminally ill adults.

"We met David in December, and from the first time that we met him we knew he loved Wheel of Fortune," said Hospice social worker Kendra Bishop.

"Wheel of Fortune is so excited too, and they are just giving them the VIP treatment when they get there. So, I'm excited to hear when David returns how much they've enjoyed it."

David has end stage renal disease, or chronic kidney disease.

"They started to put a hospital bed and all this equipment in the house and they told us David had about a year to live," said David's grandfather Sterling Staggs.

Sterling and his wife Ruby raised David. The Staggs are also going on the four-day trip. The family will drive from Paragould to Nashville, then fly to Los Angeles.

Despite his terminal illness and limited speaking ability, Sterling and Ruby said David shows his love for his family, and Vanna White everyday.

"Everytime they'd go off, David would run to the TV and say, 'It's my girlfriend!', and he'd kiss her on the TV when she was going off and she'd say, 'Bye, bye,'" Ruby said.

In a few days, David's family is thankful he will get to say, "Hello" to Vanna White.

"He's been watching Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune for years and years, and him and his Daddy fusses about whose girlfriend it is."

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