Man spending final days boating down Mississippi River with his dog

Kelly Phillips with his dog, Sapphire. (Photo: WMC-TV)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A New Jersey man with just months left to live is on a special journey with his best friend.

Kelly Phillips told WMC-TV he was diagnosed with cancer last year and told he had just three months to live. So he took his dog, Sapphire, to Wisconsin and headed south on the Mississippi River on a boat.

He said he's meeting new people on his journey, the "Mississippi River people" who have helped him out along the way.

"I like the Mississippi and the Mississippi has been great, but it has been all about the people," he said.

Phillips said he doesn't like to make plans, so he doesn't have a final destination. He did make plans to see a doctor for a check-up while he was in Memphis.

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