Seniors inspire former oncology nurse to provide ongoing gift to CICOA

POSTED: May 14, 2019

As an oncology nurse for more than three decades at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Betty Hayes said her favorite patients were little old ladies. They were the most appreciative, the kindest, sweetest people she ever took care of.

So a few years ago, when she received information in the mail about CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions’ programs for low-income seniors, Betty didn’t think twice about helping out. She signed up to become a Signature Community Donor, which means Betty pledges a monthly gift to CICOA that’s automatically deducted from her bank account.

“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for our senior citizens,” Betty said. “They have been through a lot. They are strong. They survived wars and the depression, and I’ve always admired them.”

Yet, too often, Betty said, the community forgets about the needs of seniors. Her donation goes to CICOA’s Way2Go program, which provides door-to-door transportation for seniors in need, shuttles from several senior apartment complexes to local stores, and discounts for cab rides to medical appointments in Marion County.

“I just think we should show our appreciation for what they’ve done—they have sacrificed the most,” she said. “I think they deserve our respect and our support.”

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