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Central Texas man helps grandmother check Grand Canyon visit off her bucket list

Woman enjoys national park on her 85th birthday
Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 6:39 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A 30-year-old Central Texas grandson made good on a promise to take his grandmother to visit the Grand Canyon, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers as she soaked in the beauty of the national park on her 85th birthday.

Nick Wright is a baseball coach and special education teacher at Midway High School. He took his grandma, Dorothy Cearley, of Moody, to Arizona this past week with the help of his aunt, Debbie Bohannan, of West, Texas.

The trip is something the grandmother of six and great grandmother of seven has wanted to do her entire life.

“When I found out last summer that my grandmother had never been to the Grand Canyon but had always wanted to go, I put it on the list to take care of this summer,” Nick said.

The three family members ventured out on the road trip June 14. They made overnight hotel stops in Amarillo, Albuquerque and Sedona before making it to their final destination of the world-famous park.

Nick Wright, Dorothy Cearley, and Debbie Bohannan visited Sedona, Arizona before arriving at...
Nick Wright, Dorothy Cearley, and Debbie Bohannan visited Sedona, Arizona before arriving at the Grand Canyon.(Nick Wright)

For the next two days, which included Dorothy’s 85th birthday, the family stayed in Tusayan, Arizona, which is near the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon.

They then spent two days exploring.

Nick escorted his grandmother everywhere, pushing her in her wheelchair in places that were too difficult for her to walk or get a good view on her own.

“Being a part of the journey of getting her out here and getting to witness her reaction the first time she sees the canyon, it’s definitely a memory I’ll have for the rest of my life,” Nick said.

Nick helped his grandmother get some magnificent views of the Grand Canyon.
Nick helped his grandmother get some magnificent views of the Grand Canyon.(Nick Wright)

Debbie did a lot of the planning to make sure the road trip was perfect for her mother.

“I’m just so happy to be here at the Grand Canyon with my mom on her birthday,” Debbie said. “I’m just so grateful for your love and that God made my mom, this woman, Dorothy.”

The canyon lived up to all expectations.

Dorothy said she couldn’t help but think of God while staring at the national treasure in amazement.

“I think how amazing our God is to give this to his children and it’s just an awesome sight,” Dorothy said. “No words can really describe it. It’s just so beautiful and glorious.”

The family made it back home safely after seven days on the road and say every last mile - all 2,430 miles - were worth it.

Dorothy said it was definitely worth the wait. “Thank you, kiddos, for bringing me here,” she said with a big smile.

Nick, Dorothy and Debbie
Nick, Dorothy and Debbie(Nick Wright)

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