Gattasso and June Green, another social worker, promptly got to work trying to make Sherman's wish a reality.
A local ambulance company offered six volunteer paramedics and an ambulance to transport Sherman to the parade. Sherman's husband contacted police officers, who secured a viewing area along the parade route for Sherman and her care team.
By 10 a.m., Sherman was in a gurney under a tent. A team of nurses were nearby to keep her comfortable and hydrated.
"We wanted to keep her comfortable without knocking her out. It's a balance," Green said.
Sherman was able to watch the parade as many members of the community stopped by her tent to say hello. Her visitors included Mayor Linda Tyer, state Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
Green said she and others who work in hospice care consider helping patients with "bucket list" items a big part of the job.
"People think we're all about morphine and death," Green said. "We're all about quality of life. We'd move mountains to make this stuff happen."