Here's how one 102-year-old veteran fulfilled a lifelong dream

The first challenge for Russell Hendersen was finding a balloon that could accommodate a wheelchair

(CNN)When Russell Hendersen, a World War II veteran, met with an organization that fulfills wishes for hospice patients like himself, he had a simple request. He wanted to fly in a hot air balloon.

And that's how the 102-year-old veteran found out that it's never too late to make a wish — and have it come true.
Hendersen is a hospice patient at Three Rivers Hospice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who made a "dream" end-of-life request to the Western Pennsylvania-based organization Don't Stop Dreamin.' The organization works with those in nursing homes, and patients in hospice in partnership with Quality Life Services, which includes Three Rivers Hospice.
After receiving his application, the organization told CNN it went to work locating a handicap-accessible balloon basket to accommodate Hendersen's wheelchair. They located a basket through the United States Hot Air Balloon Team, and shortly after, they were ready for Hendersen's big moment.