When the weather gets active is when our jobs at WITN get the busiest. With the primary task of getting the most accurate information out about the weather to our viewers, we are also fielding phone call after phone call. Many are calling to report school or business delays; many others are asking about those delays. When a colleague told me this week that I had a call holding on the line, I was not prepared for what I would learn.
The caller was Ollie Black, the mother of a woman who had been battling brain cancer. We met Ollie when she came to the Greenville Studio with toys for Toys for Tots, and she told us about her daughter, Allison Fagley. Ollie told us then that the doctors had done all they could do for her daughter, but her health was failing.
Ollie called to tell me Allison had passed away.
Ollie told me that Allison's final days were very difficult. The pain was tremendous. Anyone who touched her would be causing pain. How ironic--that the touch of another person would cause pain a woman who touched so many lives by running a daycare for children on Hatteras, and by teaching those children to give to the less fortunate by making huge donations to local toy drives at Christmas. It's ironic and almost cruel that anyone's final moments would be spent in constant pain, only made worse by what should be a touch of comfort.
Perhaps it was that tremendous pain that gives Ollie a sense of peace as she copes with Allison's passing. "She's not in pain anymore," Ollie told me, with a calm, steady voice. "Allison's running God's daycare now."