A match made in heaven
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
Some things are just meant to be. And isn’t it great when you find yourself in one of those situations where you realize there is a higher power at work, arranging some of the details of your life?
That’s what happened with Ellen Seale, HPCCR volunteer, when she went to visit Vera for the very first time. Vera is a Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region patient at an assisted living facility in south Charlotte. When Ellen walked into Vera’s room for the first time, she noticed a lot of red. Wolfpack red. She saw pictures strewn around the room of people (from babies to adults) wearing NC State gear. Naturally, Ellen asked Vera what her connection was to NC State. Turns out, Vera’s son graduated from the school. And what a coincidence — Ellen’s daughter did too! In fact, Ellen’s daughter has multiple degrees from NC State and was recently the recipient of a lifetime award given to notable alumni.
So right off the bat, they had a lot in common. Both Vera and Ellen avidly follow NC State sports teams. And they now catch as many games together on TV as possible. But that’s not all they have in common. Their birthdays are just days apart. In fact, Ellen’s very first visit with Vera happened on Vera’s birthday.
Ellen has been visiting Vera since October of last year. And she rarely shows up empty-handed. Vera is a big fan of milkshakes and — another coincidence — there’s a Cookout right across the street from Vera’s facility. So Ellen makes a stop there before almost every visit and comes armed with a mint chocolate chip milkshake, which delights Vera to no end. (As it should. Have you had a Cookout milkshake? If not, I recommend you go there immediately. It is heaven in a Styrofoam cup. You’re welcome.)
It is so gratifying when we see our hospice patients living their lives to the fullest. And we are proud to be able to offer them new and rewarding relationships (through our amazing volunteers) that enhance their lives even more. I’m imagining Vera decked in Wolfpack gear, watching a game, and sipping a milkshake with Ellen beside her. A match literally made in heaven (because again, that higher power thing is obviously at work here, don’t you think?) And I also imagine that, as far as Vera’s concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that.
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