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  1. Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead loved to play a particular arcade game at his local bar. When he found out he was terminally ill, the bar owner brought the game machine to Lemmy's apartment so he could keep playing it at home.

  2. Mohamed Bzeek, a Libyan-born Muslim living in Azusa, California, a foster father who takes in only terminally ill children. Bzeek, who has been fostering such children since 1989, is the only foster parent in Los Angeles County who will do this.

  3. In 1981, a 27 year old James Cameron was working as a director on Pirhana II, when he was fired for failing to get a close-up of the lead actress. He then got food poisoning and during his illness had a nightmare about a robot sent from the future to kill him - the idea for The Terminator

  4. A therapy cat named Oscar predicted the impending death of some 50 terminally ill patients by napping next to them a few hours before they died. After he accurately predicted 25 deaths, staff started calling family members of residents as soon as they discovered him sleeping close to someone

  5. Terminally ill patients in the US may choose to be treated with experimental drugs only passing minimal testing, as covered by the "Right-to-try-Law".

  6. A terminally ill 6-year-old boy named Levi Mayhew was offered a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of using it himself he wished a trip to Disneyland for the little girl writing him letters of encouragement. She went to Florida carrying a cutout photo of him on all the rides she could

  7. When faced with a terminal illness, medical professionals, who know the limits of modern medicine, often opt out of life-prolonging treatment

  8. There is a program called No One Dies Alone (NODA) that pairs volunteers with terminally ill patients who have no companions or family to be with them in their final days

  9. There's a resort near Disney World that is just for kids with terminal illness and their families. There is no waiting list and they won't turn away any child. It was started by a Holocaust survivor.

  10. Steve Harvey once gave a winning Family Feud contestant an additional $25k of his own money after later finding out the contestant was terminally ill and doing everything he could to support his family

What are some fun facts about terminal illnesses?

James Cameron was stricken with food poisoning and during his illness, Cameron had a nightmare about an invincible robot hitman sent from the future to kill him, giving him the idea for The Terminator, which later catapulted his film career.

Director James Cameron fell ill while in Rome during the release of Piranha II: The Spawning and had a dream about a metallic torso dragging itself from an explosion while holding kitchen knives. When Cameron returned to California, he wrote a draft for The Terminator.

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd dusted off their Ghostbusters costumes to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.

Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd dusted off their Ghostbusters costumes to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film.

A Star Wars builder group created a pink R2 droid named "R2-KT" for Katie Johnson, the terminally ill daughter of the founder of the 501st Legion. After her death, the droid was exhibited at conventions, charity events, etc. was even incorporated into Star Wars canon via the Clone Wars

A nurse named Sandra Clarke had to leave a terminally ill patient alone when asked to stay. When she returned, the patient had passed away from multi-organ-failure. No One Dies Alone was then created, a charity where volunteers sit with terminally ill lonely patients. it's now international.

A Dutch television network broadcasted The Big Donorshow, in which a supposedly terminally ill woman chose 1 out of 25 contestants to receive her kidney after she died. The program sparked a major controversy, but led to 50.000 requests for donor forms.

Dysthanasia is the opposite of Euthanasia and happens when a person is kept alive artificially despite being terminally ill without regard to their quality of life.

During the Three Mile Island incident, the government considered sending in terminally ill cancer patients to release a manual valve in the reactor

A non profit group called Nurtured by Nature in California provides the opportunity for children with terminal illnesses to swim and play with otters.

About Oscar, a cat that appeared able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients by choosing to nap next to people a few hours before they die. - fact check

When diagnosed with a terminal illness, most doctors just kill themselves. - fact check

About “rallying,” a phenomenon where a terminally ill person appears to get better before dying

St. Jude Children's Hospital, which treats children with terminal illnesses, is named for the patron saint of of lost causes.

From 1943 to 1947 part of the Manhattan Project involved injecting radioactive Polonium into terminally ill patients at hospitals to study its fatal effects.

Euthanasia was legal in Australia's Northern Territories between 1995 - 1997 and within that time frame, four terminally ill people succeeded in legally ending their own lives.

It’s illegal to die in Longyearben, Norway because of the permafrost. Terminally ill people are sent to Oslo tondie

There is an animal rescue (Secondhand Hounds) in MN that provides a hospice foster program for elderly or terminally ill dogs. They even have a wish list so these animals have what they need to live comfortably!

Terry Pratchett has received a number of letters from terminally ill fans in which they hope that Death will resemble the Discworld incarnation.

21% of those receiving assisted suicide from Swiss group Dignitas do not have a terminal illness, simply "weariness of life".

Oregon Has A "Die with Dignity Act" Where Terminally Ill People Can Die In Peace - fact check

The famous 5 stages of grief conceived by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross were meant for the terminally ill and not the ones in grieving

It's in fact Dawn Mellon, Mohammed Bzeek's wife who started generations of terminally ill children's foster parenting years before they even met.

Physician-assisted suicide is legal in five U.S. states including Oregon, Vermont, Washington and California. Individuals must have a terminal illness as well as a prognosis of six months or less to live.

A nonprofit in the U.S. that provides professional photography services to families with a terminally ill family member