PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Four Palm Harbor siblings are on a mission to bring their dad home. Scott Piwinski has terminal throat cancer and the community is now coming together to grant his final wish.
Quadruplets Nick, Danielle, Rachael, and Sarah Piwinski are preparing to spend their last Thanksgiving with their dad.
“My dad. He means everything to me,” Nick said with emotion.
“It definitely has been a struggle. I’m grateful for my siblings,” Danielle chimed in.
Together the 21-year-old siblings are working to complete their dad’s final wish… to spend his remaining days in his own home.
“For him to come home one last time and spend it with us — for hours, days or weeks — is going to be incredible,” Rachael said while wiping back tears.
Yet, two years fighting terminal throat cancer took a toll on Scott and his Palm Harbor home. From a hole in the roof to stained carpet, the home was in need of some TLC.
“The entire house was not in any shape for him to come home to,” Danielle explained.
So the siblings put out a call to the community and Scott’s Coast Guard family, where he served as a chief for more than two decades.
Almost immediately, dozens of volunteers fixed the roof, put in new floors and prepared Scott’s bedroom for his return.
“They said if we were in this situation, we know Scott would do the same,” Sarah said with a smile.
Next door neighbor Melissia Delgado was one of the volunteers to chip in. “When we first moved into our Palm Harbor home, Scott had just been diagnosed with cancer," Delgado explained, "He had a trach in his throat and he was outside offering to help us move furniture into our house! Which was amazing.”
Even strangers like Carissa Konopack donated an entire Thanksgiving meal. “It just touched me so deeply and I really felt like I wanted to help too,” Konopack explained.
The siblings hoped to bring their dad home by Thanksgiving, but an insurance mix up pushed back their plans. So they spent the holiday at Suncoast Hospice.
“That means the most to us that we’re all together,” Danielle said while sitting next to her siblings outside of the hospice center.
The Piwinski siblings plan to bring their dad home later this week. “It’s going to be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter.. all of them combined. It’s going to be a good day,” Rachael said with a grin.
The siblings know it will be a day to give the man who gave them everything — the only thing he’s ever asked for.