Dying man's wish fulfilled after he gets a call from Donald Trump: 'You're my kind of man'
The president called West Haven's Jay Barrett on Tuesday, calling him a "champ" and saying that a personal letter was on its way
A terminally ill man from Connecticut, who is a big fan and supporter of President Donald Trump, got his dying wish fulfilled when he received a call from the president himself, with a little help from his Democratic sister.
West Haven's Jay Barrett, left the hospital to begin palliative care at his sister's home last weekend after battling with cystic fibrosis.
Reports state that Barrett wished that he would love to have some sort of contact with Trump before he dies, and this is when his sister Bridgette Hoskie stepped in.
Reports state that Barrett has only six months to live, however, he hopes to be around till the 2020 polls.
THANK U ERIC TRUMP FOR CALLING JAY BARRETT pic.twitter.com/TfMJw1NIZD— TRUMP4TRUTHSIGN (@libbyearle) March 5, 2019
Hoskie, a West Haven City Councilwoman who calls herself a "100 percent Democrat," launched a campaign on social media to make her brother's wish come true. Shortly after, friends and family members began writing emails to the White House with the same request.
Their efforts paid off on Tuesday night when the 44-year-old received a call from the president himself. "Mr. President, through thick and thin, you know there’s been a lot of thicks, and there’s been a lot of thins, I support you,” Barrett told Trump, the New York Post reported.
President Trump replied by calling Barrett a "champ," saying that a personal letter was soon coming his way.
“You’re my kind of man, Jay. … I’m very proud of you,” Trump reportedly said. “I’ll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep that fight going. We both fight.”
Barrett, while talking to the New Haven Register, said that he also received calls from the president's son Eric Trump and US Department of Housing and Urban Development regional chief Lynne Patton on Monday.
Eric Trump “told me they’re pulling for me and praying,” Barrett said.
#WestHaven man, who is dying, and had meeting @realDonaldTrump on his “bucket list,” received a call from @POTUS this afternoon. The President has also arranged for some special surprises to be delivered to Jay Barrett on Saturday. @FOX61News pic.twitter.com/mxUgIuFFEy— Tony Terzi🦊 (@T2Fox61) March 5, 2019
While Patton said that she is going to Connecticut on Saturday to give Barrett a signed gift from the president. Reports state that Patton, who is also from New Haven, reached out to the Trump family about Barret's wish after a local newspaper covered his story.
Barrett reportedly voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but did not like his policies and has considered himself an independent most of his life. The 44-year-old said that he eventually came to realize he was a Republican and loved Trump's style at the launch of his campaign, and also his policies.