She lost her sight to glaucoma a few years ago, but Carol considers herself blessed. She listens to books with friends for hours and still gets together with her classmates from high school. She also keeps in touch with friends she’s known since childhood. Clearly, people and relationships are important to Carol. Her love for people started when she dreamt of becoming a nurse. But back in the 1960s, she says, there was a height requirement of 5 feet for nursing students, and at 4 feet 8 inches, Carol quite literally came up short. No problem for this determined gal, who earned her Emergency Medical Technician certification and worked as an EMT and CPR instructor for years before managing a cardiology practice.

Today, she keeps her friends and neighbors close, and she values the days she sees Meals On Wheels volunteers. While she is grateful for the food they bring, she really enjoys the company of Candace and Richard. “He’s a hoot!” Carol says. Some of her favorite meals are the hot dinners, but she also loves the fresh taco salads created by Anna Hamada, Registered Dietician for Meals on Wheels OC, and the kitchen team. Last year, Carol was a recipient of our Holiday Gift Program and was tickled to receive a gift delivered by volunteer and Board Member, Tom Sowers. The fact that someone thought about her during the holidays brought her unexpected joy.

Click the video below to listen to Carol’s heartwarming message to you!