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Hospice Patient Marries in Time for Valentine's Day

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Caring patient Mr. Roosevelt Kelly recently married his fiancé, Deborah Reed, in a ceremony in Reed's Capitol Hill Towers apartment. Capital Caring was a welcome participant in the Kelly's special day. Their story is an inspiring reminder that love and care never quit.

For the former Ms. Deborah Reed, she wasn't looking for love while waiting for the third-floor elevator at her Capitol Hill Towers residence. But love has a way of finding you in unsuspecting places.

"I was in my wheelchair by the third floor laundry room waiting on the elevator, and Roosevelt was washing his clothes. We started talking, he asked for my telephone number, and we began to have dinner together," Mrs. Kelly reminisced.

Soon, the two were inseparable; as Deborah said, "Roosevelt and I fell in love."

Roosevelt had lived in Capitol Hill Towers two years before Deborah moved in, but that day by the laundry room wasn't the first time the two had seen one another. Before Roosevelt's wife of 27 years passed away, Roosevelt used to visit his sister-in-law, who resided at Capitol Hill Towers. At the time, Deborah was working as a security guard in the building.

"I always used to see Roosevelt when he visited before I lived in the building, but never did I imagine we'd be married," said Mrs. Kelly.

It wasn't too long before Roosevelt proposed and Deborah said "yes."

Since their engagement, Mr. Kelly has been in and out of the hospital. He and Deborah had been waiting for Roosevelt to become stable enough to have a wedding ceremony. With Capital Caring's comfort care in place, Roosevelt came home and the couple's special day soon arrived.

For their January 30, 2015 wedding ceremony in Mrs. Kelly's apartment, Capital Caring physician Dr. Gosia Sullivan was a welcome participant.

"We were so happy Dr. Sullivan was able to come to our wedding. She had told me she'd like to be part of it and we were glad she was. Capital Caring has been wonderful. When the hospital said they were calling in hospice, you could have knocked me over with a feather. But I am glad we found a hospice who would care for Roosevelt; it is my first experience with hospice care and it has been wonderful. Just this morning, the chaplain was out. I am very thankful for Capital Caring," said Mrs. Kelly.

While dealing with Roosevelt's advanced illness, the Kellys have been receiving Capital Caring's coordinated, compassionate care to help them make the most of every moment, focused on what matters most to them.

"Neither Roosevelt or I are very well anymore. But that doesn't mean you can't have love and do new things. There are many seniors at Capitol Hill Towers and everywhere that have beautiful relationships. Only God knows how much time we have, but I hope seniors will be inspired by Roosevelt and I's story and feel free enough to marry," said Mrs. Kelly, "In the morning and during the day, Roosevelt is in his apartment to receive mail and nurses and care, and in the evening, he comes down to my apartment and we have dinner and spend the night together. I cherish the time we have together."

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About Capital Caring


For over 35 years, Capital Caring has helped families and loved ones make the most of every moment together by offering coordinated care, comfort and dignity to those living with serious illness. We provide excellent pain relief and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and compassion to families across the region. Our health professionals – including more than 20 staff doctors – deliver some of the best care in the United States. Capital Caring is open 24 hours every day. Anyone who needs help staying independent and safe can access our services, regardless of their ability to pay.





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Source: Capital Caring