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Dewey Melton - a 15 year old from Phyllis, Kentucky first discovered River while he was in hospital. He had many serious physical and emotional problems, and was very ill - he was at the time unable to talk or eat. One night a nurse came into his room and put on a movie for him to watch - it was Stand By Me.
When Dewey was well enough to go home, he decided to write River a letter. After a few weeks he received a reply - a newsletter full of River facts. Dewey was so grateful for this, he decided to call River's team to thank them for sending it. He had no idea at this time what that phone call would lead to.
One afternoon he arrived home from a doctor's appointment, and his mother had left a note for him - the note said that someone from River's team had telephoned to speak to him and that she had asked them to call back the next day at 4pm. The next day came, he waited for 4pm - but the phone never rang. By 6pm there was still no phone call, and Dewey gave up. But then, at just after 7pm, the call he had been waiting for finally came - although when he picked up the receiver, he had no idea who would be on the other end - it was River himself. Dewey says the conversation went something like this:
"Hello? Hello, is this Dewey.?"
"Yes, this is he."
"Hi, this is River."
He says he was totally shocked, but thought it must have been the kid next door playing a prank on him.
"Sure it is," Dewey replied
"Hello, are you there? This is River Phoenix calling from Los Angeles."
At that moment, Dewey realised it was really River and dropped the phone. He quickly picked it up, took a deep breath and said,
"You'll have to excuse me. I'm a little overwhelmed. What I mean is, I wasn't expecting a call from you."
"Well," River answered, "I believe that you never can actually believe anything until it happens."
The conversation continued. They talked about everything - The two even realising they were the same height, weight and shoe size. They spoke in total for just over an hour, which Dewey says was unreal. The end of their conversation went like this:
River asked, "Are you religious?"
"Yes, I am," Dewey replied,
"Well, God bless you, and remember, I'm praying for you."
Dewey says he will always remember that day. "River cared enough to give me something. I never had a friend, and that made all the difference. I am forever indebted to him, he changed my life. Bless you, River. I will always be thinking of you."
MANY THANKS GO TO DEWEY FOR HIS WONDERFUL STORY.
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DEWEY MELTON'S STORY - THE PHONE CALL HE'LL NEVER FORGET