Oh Heidi - not something else! I am so, so, so sorry to hear about this. It's really sweet they were close. Of course that makes this that much more painful - but I'm so glad he had a wonderful relationship with her.
Even though it looks like you're both going to be able to make it, I'm sending vibes that it happens and safely.
and all that gooey stuff to both of you.
Please tell Earl I'm so sorry.