ANDERSON, Ind. —
“The circumstances, we thought, you know, we’re going to make an exception,” said Caldwell.“We just decided we’re going to put these people up and try to make them comfortable and that’s what we did. “
It was a perfect solution for 73-year old Decker and his wife of 52 years.
“The day before, we were just so down,” said Carol. Instead, they were able to live comfortably in the Anderson efficiency where they could cook, wash clothes and relax while Jerry received treatments five days a week. “It’s just like our little home, our second little home away from home.”
Even better, the community rallied to support them. Firefighters and their families as well as church groups have brought the couple meals thoughtfully prepared to accommodate Jerry’s needs.
“We’re not used to people waiting on us hand and foot,” said Carol. Jerry was able to keep up with a healthy regime throughout his treatment, even running three miles a day most days.
Thursday evening, members of the Fire Rescue House board took the couple out to dinner on the eve of their return home.
“They are the nicest, nicest people in the world,” said Caldwell.
Friday morning, after Jerry’s last treatment, their were hugs for the Community Hospital Anderson staff.
Giving nothing but the highest praise for everyone at the facility, and how well he was feeling following treatment, Jerry said, “I think I’ve been really lucky.”
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