KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kaua'i community has rallied behind a local firefighter and cowboy to help him cross a life-long dream off his bucket-list before time runs out.
Adam Brun has been battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years, but two weeks ago he found out it has spread to his liver and instead of years left to tackle all the things he wants to do -- doctors told his family he has months.
"He's a cowboy true and true and he's also a hero," described his daughter Alana Agustin.
The 51-year-old paniolo has worked as a firefighter and EMT for over ten years -- and all the while he's been listening to country music and dreaming about one day attending the American Country Music awards.
"When I got the word that my Dad's cancer was terminal, I was like, 'We need to make that happen. I need to be sitting in that stand with him. We're going to be there one day sitting in those seats watching this amazing show," said Agustin.
Tickets cost a pretty penny, $1,000 dollars a piece when all is said and done, but just two days after Agustin created a GoFundMe account to raise $10,000 -- donations flooded in, quickly exceeding the family's goal and expectations.
"All those people whose lives he's touched and people he's shown kindness to -- just because that's the kind of guy he is -- have all turned around and now they're showing kindness back to him. It's just such an amazing full circle experience to see that," Agustin said.
Alana says her father has been overwhelmed that the same community he spent his life in service to is now returning the favor.
"He's real excited and thankful and feeling loved. I think in the past couple days seeing the GoFund account -- he feels hopeful. We all feel really hopeful and thankful that we're going to be able to take this trip and have the funds that we need to help him live comfortably. He feels really relieved and happy that he's touched so many lives and so many people are willing to help him in his time of need. He's definitely feeling very blessed," Agustin said.
This year the 50th annual American Country Music Awards is in Arlington, Texas on April 19th.
Agustin says the money raised through GoFundMe will make sure make sure her father's dying wish comes true -- by covering the family's tickets and travel expenses. The remainder will go towards Brun's mounting medical bills.
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