(CNN) - A photo of World War II veteran Frank Tanabe casting what will likely be his final ballot in a presidential election has gone viral –and captured the hearts of thousands.Tanabe, 93, is in the final stages of inoperable liver cancer and is currently at home receiving hospice care, surrounded by his wife and children in Honolulu.He has always been a true patriot, his daughters said. In 2010 he was among a group of Japanese-Americans who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal as part of the Military Intelligence Service Unit during World War II.According to his daughters, Frank has never missed a presidential election, and wasn't about to let his illness deter him from voting this time around.When his absentee ballot arrived on Wednesday, his daughter, Barbara, sat at his bedside and read aloud the candidates and issues."I helped him. He either nodded 'yes' or shook his head 'no'," Barbara said. "He didn't always vote for my candidate."Nonetheless, she followed his directions and mailed in the completed form. He hasn't been able to speak since.
When you face death, every moment is precious. This is important enough to spend his time on, to use his last words for. He held on to make sure his vote was counted, and if that doesn't make you appreciate our right to be heard, nothing will.