But two weeks ago, tragedy struck. Don fell and broke his hip. His family took him to the hospital but his health was rapidly deteriorating. At the same time, Maxine -- who had been battling cancer -- saw the disease progress again.
Assessing the situation and knowing the strong bond between the pair, their family stepped in. “I told my sister on the phone, we got one shot to get them together,” Sloan said. That's when she decided to move her grandparents into a spare bedroom in her home.
“We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side,” she said. “Gram woke up and saw him, and they held hands and they knew that they were next to each other."
"I walked them out with her body," Sloan explained. "Walked back in to check on grandpa and he quit breathing as soon as her body left the room. He left with her, and they passed four hours apart from each other."
"It’s just amazing. It really is amazing. It’s a true love story," she added.