Valentine's Day wish granted for hospice patient

Nursing aide Melody Williams and social worker Misty Durbin deliver the special Valentine's Day dinner to Carol Ludorf, a resident of Ames Family Hospice House.

Carol Ludorf, a resident of Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, had one special wish. When her social worker, Misty Durbin, asked if there was anything in particular she would like, she said the only thing she really wanted for herself was a lobster dinner. She had been thinking about mentioning this to her friend, but did not want to impose or make her friend feel obligated to pay for it.

Hospice of the Western Reserve does everything it can to fulfill its patients’ wishes, so Durbin was determined to get the lobster for Mrs. Ludorf. She had originally planned to request funds from the non-profit agency’s life enrichment fund to pay for the meal. However, much to her surprise, when she called Lobster Brothers Seafood in Westlake to place the order, they insisted on donating it. Durbin found out later the family-owned business had also donated a meal to a Hospice of the Western Reserve patient in Lakewood a while back.

“The owners were not seeking any recognition for the donated dinners,” Durbin said. “Their sole motivation was doing something kind for our patients. Thanks to their generosity, Mrs. Ludorf enjoyed a special treat this Valentine’s Day."

Laurie Henrichsen

Laurie Henrichsen manages public and media relations for Hospice of the Western Reserve. 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2013