A Dream Before Dying

What would you wish for if you had just months to live? Wish-granting groups get all kinds of requests and do their best to make spirits soar

It was the kind of May afternoon that makes you glad to be alive. Carol Siebert, 58, spent it sailing down a Hemet, Calif., highway in a red convertible, the wind lightly ruffling the hair in her blond wig. Beside her, in the driver's seat, was the car's owner, Sonia Mir, a woman Siebert had never met until that day.

But they connected like old friends, stopping for lunch and getting their nails done. Siebert carried a little pump of pain medication over her shoulder like a purse. Luckily the few flashes of pain she felt passed so quickly that Siebert...

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