A young man suffering from cancer of the throat had to have radiation therapy to destroy the inoperable tumors. This treatment burned the inside of his mouth and throat. While he was unable to eat or drink, and was being fed though a tube, we supplied meals to his devoted caregiver. Later, as he was able to swallow again, we liquefied each and every meal so he could take in good nutrition without causing him more agony.
One of our first clients in the early 1990s was a veteran who had contracted AIDS. When we first met him, he was extremely thin and in full blown wasting syndrome. He was too sick and too impoverished to buy and prepare food. We started bringing large portions of appetizing meals every day. Although bedridden, when we visited with the food, he would sit up and eat every last morsel. His words touched us very deeply: “I know that I will not survive this, however, your visits and your food are the highlights of my day and help me tolerate this illness a bit better. Because of you, I know that I am not alone. Thank you.”