The son of a terminally ill cancer sufferer from the US managed to fulfil his dying mother’s final wish by flying her to Egypt to see the great pyramids by selling chicken cheesesteaks.
The American Embassy praised Dustin Vitali, the son of terminally ill Gloria Walker, 56, and also thanked Egypt’s Tourism Minister for meeting with Gloria and helping her to visit the pyramids.
Gloria made international headlines when Dustin told her story on Facebook and revealed that he had been successfully selling chicken cheese steaks in order to satisfy her dying wish to visit Egypt and see the Pyramids of Giza.
The cancer sufferer realised her dream this week after flying from her home in the US city of Philadelphia to the Egyptian capital Cairo.
During a visit to the pyramids, Walker was joined by the country’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani.
The minister welcomed the US citizen and expressed his gratitude at Walker’s love of Egypt and its ancient history.
The minister also extended her stay for one day so she could visit Luxor, a major tourist destination in the country’s south.
Meanwhile, Walker thanked the minister for joining her on the pyramids tour and helping her fulfil her life’s dream.
The US Embassy in Cairo officially thanked Gloria’s son Dustin for his fundraising efforts as well as the Egyptian authorities, posting on Facebook: “Sometimes dreams do come true. Thanks to her son’s tireless fundraising efforts as well as the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, The Coordination’s Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians, and everyone else who played a part in this dream-come-true initiative.”
Walker was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year and her son described the visit as his mother’s only bucket-list wish.
As a result, Egypt’s Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) got in touch with Vitali and offered a one-week holiday to Egypt.
CPYP representatives met Walker and her family at the airport in the US and escorted them to Cairo International Airport on Saturday.
Once in the Egyptian capital, Ahmed Youssef, chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Authority, received the family ahead of their tour of the pyramids the next day.