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Cancer patient granted wish to meet Pawn Stars' 'Old Man'

Reported by: Jessica Moore
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Updated: 2/15/2014 7:49 am
They are in the business of making TV magic, but the men of "Pawn Stars" are also the bosses of benevolence. News 3 anchor Jessica Moore has the story of an 89-year-old cancer patient and her last wish come true.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- At $103,000, a 2001 Patriots Super Bowl ring is the most expensive item in the Pawn Stars’ Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.

This is paltry compared to the priceless experience for the woman trying it on.

Marjorie Patay has terminal bladder cancer and now lives alone.

She was once a sought-after seamstress who sewed sequins on the costumes of famous Las Vegans and their wives and mistresses.

She is still grieving the loss of her husband and two children, but she has a final wish to meet the man who keeps her company through the TV screen -- Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison, affectionately known as "The Old Man."

Just don’t call him that in front of Patay.

As a fixture on cable television's No. 1 rated show on the History Channel, Harrison spends his days at the now world famous store on Las Vegas Blvd., where he evaluates the pawn value of trinkets large and small.

With that success comes a responsibility to the community that the Harrison men embrace. He also moonlights as a man who makes dreams come true.

“I'm glad I can give enjoyment to anyone,” Harrison said.

Marjorie’s wish this Valentine’s week may have brought her -- heart to heart -- with Harrison, but she also got a chance to peek behind the scenes of the popular national show and meet the family who forms the cast of the History Channel show.



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