SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Family and friends gathered at Bucket O Crawfish in Salt Lake City to fulfill a Utah man’s dying wish.
Austin Bell, 38, was diagnosed last spring with stage four cancer. Since then, the cancer has spread to his liver, stomach and lungs. His last request was for his loved ones to gather at his favorite restaurant and have a crawfish boil.
Bell couldn’t attend the gathering because he is in hospice.
“At this point he knows. He’s okay with going,” said Hildegard Koenig, a friends of Bell’s who has become more like a sister to him throughout the years. “But I think he’s more worried about all of us and how we’re going to be after. But we have shared with him that we’re going to be okay.”
People that gathered today were full of joy, laughter and smiles as they shared memories they’ve made throughout the years with Bell. Friends tell ABC4 Utah that they nicknamed him “Wolf” because of the fight he has inside of him.
And when “Wolf” was diagnosed with cancer, “He said let’s fight this. I can fight this,” Hilegard said.
It’s because of that fighting spirit that friends thought Bell would win the battle against cancer.
“I just always thought he was going to beat it and I know his dad had it and beat it, so I just figured it was a challenge that he would get through,” explained Gabe Elstein, Bell’s friend.
Friends want everyone to remember Bell as someone with a big heart that would do anything for anyone.