On December 6, 2014, Min Hampshire was able to mark something off of his bucket list. Min has been bravely fighting brain cancer for over a year now. Being a former resident of Jenkins Kentucky, one thing he wanted more than anything was to attend the Jenkins Christmas Parade and see all of his old friends. Sadly the weather forecast brought some concerns to members in the city and led to the devastating news that the parade would be cancelled. After arranging a special ride in the parade for Min, Karen and Rick Corbett as well as the rest of the Jenkins Fire Department knew that something had to be done. They all knew that there had to be something they could do to still help the dream come true. Karen and Rick started thinking and the idea of a “Min Parade” came to mind; even though the city parade was cancelled, there was no reason there couldn’t be a check off of his bucket list. People came together and made sure that Mother Nature didn’t “rain on their parade” and helped make a memorable day for a very special young man.
Min has always been the kind of person that makes you realize just how special life is. He is a kind hearted soul that has made a huge impact on everyone’s life. As teacher, Sonya Breeding, stated, “He just makes it an honor to be around him, and it just makes you realize how precious life really is, and how we should enjoy every moment, and live to the fullest just like Min does.” In an interview with WYMT, Min addressed that his situation wasn’t easy at first but he made peace with what the future holds for him and that he hopes people take away a message from his story. “Before I was really mad about it, but now I’m just calm. [I want to say something to] all those people out there right now: Never give up. Never give up; keep strong.”
People came together and helped make this day happen. The fire department pulled out every fire truck and rescue vehicle in the station, WYMT came, people came to the library to celebrate with Min while others lined up in their cars, even the police joined in their cruisers; this was a parade many can never forget. There was not a dry eye when Min seen all of the trucks lined up for him and that he would be escorted in a truck by the one and only Santa Claus, proving that “Santa is real!”
Everyone needs to take a few lessons from this young man: never give up no matter the obstacle, always stay strong, and never lose sight of your dreams!