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Tightly gripping the steering wheel, Alice Geryk felt her world falling apart.

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The bucket list trip

To donate to his bucket list fund, go to GoFundMe. Any funds left after funeral expenses will be donated to Texas Children’s Hospital.

The crew rose at 8 a.m. in Houston, Miss., on Wednesday for the second day of Tony Geryk's bucket list road trip.

More than 1,000 driving miles away from his Port Lavaca home, Tony Geryk stirred in his bunk. It was about 7 a.m. Thursday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and the third day of his bucket list road trip.

At exactly 9 a.m., Alice Geryk's cellphone alarm sounded. It was the first daily reminder for her son to take his medication. Tony rolled out of his bunk and swallowed the contents of the Friday A.M. pill planner slot.