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Bill Mize Posted: September 29, 2015

Throughout his life, Vacaville resident Bill Mize felt the need for speed. He appreciated the lines of a finely-made car, and the happiness and exhilaration of a roaring ride.

"Oh, Dad just loved to talk about cars, and he loved good stories and hanging out with his buddies," laughs his daughter, Tracy Brooks. "He's always been a man's man-- larger than life. He loved sports and particularly racing and he shared that joy with all of us. After my mom died, he took good care of us, and he was a very active man until he got sick."

Mize, a former longshoreman at the Port of Oakland, suffers from a debilitating disease called Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), which has wasted away his muscles, but not his mind. And not his wish for just one more chance to feel a sense of power and speed.

That wish was granted by North Bay Hospice's new Dream of a Lifetime program. Mize and members of his family were taken to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. Grinning ear to ear, he road shotgun for several laps in a Jelly Belly-sponsored race car.

"Dreams and wishes are within us all our lives," said Chris Root, director of North Bay Hospice. "So, along with providing our usual care, we want to find ways to honor some of the most poignant wishes in the human experience - the ones we have when we know we don't have a great deal of time left. We were so pleased to have granted Mr. Mize's wish and help the family build more memories every lap along the way."

For more information about NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement's Dream of a Lifetime, or to donate money, time or services, click here.