A generous donation of patriotic, heirloom quality quilts was made to Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care in November of 2010 from American Hero Quilts – a project that was born out of the love and compassion of one determined Washington State woman. Her dream is that each of our injured troops returning home from war receives a “hug” of appreciation. Recently, the quilts were delivered to veterans here in Tucson.
William “Willie” Sanchez, age 68, served as a wheel vehicle mechanic in the 3rd Battalion, 18th Artillery division in Bamberg, Germany during the Viet Nam War. Sanchez attempted to enlist in the Army in the early 1960’s, but was turned down. Ironically, he was drafted in 1964 and served until 1966. Although Sanchez did not participate in combat action during the war, the 12-year battle that Sanchez fights is with colon cancer. Currently, a patient of Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care home care team, Sanchez lives with his wife and faithful caregiver, Sylvia. He was recently presented with one of the beautiful unique quilts created by the many loving hands of the American Hero Quilts volunteers. A joyful Sylvia said, “I just don’t know what to say. This really made Willie’s day. Thank you.”
Harold “Doug” Eskridge grew up in Virginia during the depression. He claims to be a self-described “hillbilly.” One of seven children, Doug enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean conflict in 1951 and went on to serve his country for 30 years. He almost lost track of all of the assignments, but remembers Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Alaska, Louisiana, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and his last appointment in Minot, South Dakota. He met and married his wife of 51 years, Frances “Mary” from Nottingham when he was doing a 4-year stint in England. The Eskridges have a son and a daughter, who currently reside in Tucson with their families. Following his military service, Doug sold residential real estate for 20 years in Green Valley, Arizona. Doug and Mary are currently retired and enjoy spending their time together at their beautiful home on seven acres in Green Valley. Mary is a seamstress and appreciates the craftsmanship in the “hug for Doug.” Doug was admitted to Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care’s home care program in December. With a little help from hospice, he was able to be discharged from the hospital just in time to attend his grandson’s wedding. He receives weekly visits from Carondelet Hospice’s team of professionals.
Harold Adams watched the planes fly over when he was serving in an artillery unit on Mt. Baldy during the Korean War and thought to himself, “Those guys are probably going back to clean sheets.” He remembers going weeks without so much as clean socks while he was serving his country in the Air Force. Harold began his military career at the New Mexico Military Institute before attending Denver University, where he received a degree in business. As an artillery specialist, he was stationed at the base of Pork Chop Hill in 1952 during the Korean War. Harold was an only child and received an early discharge to help his mom run Adams Department Store in Grants, NM when his father was dying of Cancer. He met Kay on a blind date and they married in 1959. Harold and Kay have three children and both of their sons are currently serving in the Air Force. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Harold is also receiving home visits from the Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care team. His American Hero Quilt will keep him warm and cozy in the Green Valley cool mornings and evenings.
For more information about this project, contact Carondelet Hospice and Palliative Care at 205-7575 or visit carondelet.org/hospice and please consider making a donation to www.americanheroquilts.com
so that many more Veterans can be honored in this warmhearted and caring manner.
About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the healthcare needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly 20 Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations and Carondelet Specialist Group specialty care practices, an ambulatory surgery center, several outpatient imaging centers, Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Care and Carondelet Foundation. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve community health and increase access. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.