Willie Burden, a former player in the Canadian Football League, has been at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 176 days.
Burden is struggling with heart failure and has been awaiting a heart transplant, which are very hard to come by.
Recently on his birthday in July, more than 60 members of the Piedmont staff paid Burden a visit. According to Charlsie Niemiec, a social media specialist at the hospital, so many people came by to visit that not everyone could fit and the well-wishers had to take turns crowding into his room!
Staff at the hospital also set up a date-night for Burden and his wife, complete with a special meal, music from the 1940s (his favorite era) and candles. Another Piedmont facility was also in the news recently for slightly bending some rules to help a man see his wife of 68 years while they were both patients there. Seriously, they are the real MVPs.
Now Piedmont's Atlanta staff has asked Facebook for help.
Since Burden can't leave the hospital, nurse Reagan O'Connell had the bright idea to bring back some shells and sand from her recent trip to the Caribbean to share with him. He said when he closed his eyes, he could "feel the warm sand beneath his feet, a cool breeze and the sun as it lights his face."
The post asks people to send Burden all over the world -- all through photos, descriptions, and sweet well-wishes! So far on the original post, he's traveled to places like Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Hawaii, New Zealand and strolled through Central Park. Some people have promised to take him in their thoughts on their upcoming vacations as well.
If you need any more convincing to help Burden take a momentary visual getaway, just check out his giant smile as he holds a piece of paradise in his hand. Who wouldn't want to contribute to that?!