A terminally ill Texas man is spending his last few weeks surrounded by friends and family.
He had a request in his final weeks, his favorite beverage, a cherry 7up. But, that can be tough to come by in some areas.
“I don’t know. I’ve always liked 7up. I like the cherry,” said Don Chaney. “And the two of them together just gives you a little oomph. I just got started drinking it, so that’s about all I drink.”
Don moved back to his longtime home of Abilene just last week, but when he asked for his drink of choice, things got a bit tricky.
“They got none,” said Chaney. “None whatsoever.”
The search for Cherry 7up led to United Supermarket. Now they didn’t have any in stock, either, but that wasn’t the end of it.
“After I called the Pepsi vendor, they notified me that they’re not allowed to sell the Cherry 7up here in Abilene, due to some kind of contract they have with Dr. Pepper,” said Sergio Aguillon, United Supermarkets. “My store director here, Crystal, I guess pushed me not to take no for an answer every time.”
Sergio says he didn’t know this story would end the way it did.
“I went ahead and asked him if there was any way. I was like, ‘Can you just get a case thrown on the truck to get it over here?’ He was like, ‘There’s no way to get it here,'” said Aguillon.
But Sergio wasn’t going to just give up.
“So, I went to the second best option, which was our district manager, Cale. They ended up having two twelve packs of Cherry 7up in their garage,” said Aguillon. “We ended up picking it up that night. They were really grateful about it. She asked me for a hug, and I gave her a pretty big hug, yeah.”
Don’s been reunited with his favorite drink, but it goes beyond just a can of soda.
“It was flooring. I was surprised, very surprised. You just don’t find that in many stores anymore,” said Chaney. “It used to be a common thing. I think it’s not so common anymore, but you do find a little of it.”
Don’s son will be visiting soon, and he’s expected to bring a fresh supply of that special soda with him.