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Long Beach Man Fulfills Bucket List Wishes With New Program at Long Beach Memorial

Kenny Kozikowski was able to attend a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," have professional portraits taken and tour the Warner Bros. Studio Lot as part of a new project by Long Beach Memorial's Palliative Care Program.

Similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Long Beach Memorial's Palliative Care Program has recently launched "The Bucket List Project" to help adult patients fulfill long-time dreams.

Kenny Kozikowski, 48, of Long Beach, who was diagnosed with stage four metastatic colorectal cancer in December 2011, will be the first patient whose wishes will be granted.

Recently, Kozikowski has been able to attend a live taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," tour the Warner Bros. Studio Lot and have professional portraits taken of him, two of the items on his bucket list. He had previously tried to attend "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" but was turned away due to the studio reaching capacity. When he was scheduled to attend another taping, he was admitted into Long Beach Memorial and was unable to attend.

Kozikowski encouraged the hospital to start such a program because few opportunities are available for patients with limited means to fulfill wishes.

“I’ve always wondered why a program like this doesn’t exist for adults,” Kozikowski said in a statement. “There are many people like me who have lived productive lives and have always given themselves to help others. Then, when suddenly faced with this type of diagnosis, we are resigned to leave our dreams on the table. I want this project to have a positive impact on others.”

For more information about the Long Beach Memorial Palliative Care program, click here. Donations to the project can be made by calling 562-933-GIVE.

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