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Sandy’s secret is her positive attitude

elderly woman in a wheelchair with daughter behind her.

Some people are experts at turning lemons into lemonade. For Sandy Koenig, her knack for friendship, love and laughter has made the last 50 years a joy – not only for her but for all the lives she has touched during her time at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.

When Sandy Koenig moved into Mount Hope in 1965 at age 26 to receive care for her multiple sclerosis symptoms, it wasn’t easy for the mother of two young girls. Sandy recalls a nurse comforting her as she sobbed at being separated from her husband and children.

The holiday season can be a difficult time for those in hospital. But every year donors like you make the Christmas season a little brighter for residents like Sandy. By giving to Season of Celebration, St. Joseph’s is able to fund care and comfort items such as blanket warmers and pressure reducing mattresses that make the holiday season more comfortable for those in hospital.

With your support, Sandy is able to stay positive despite all the curves life’s thrown her way. Sandy’s courage and strong character have turned her situation around, and she has come to embrace the lifestyle afforded by the Mount Hope community.

“Mom amazes and inspires everyone who meets her,” says her daughter Janice. “Despite significant health issues, she just keeps going with a smile on her face.”

When asked the secret to maintaining her positive attitude Sandy says, “I like talking to people and I try to be a good friend.” Sandy now has four grandchildren in their 20s and recently celebrated her 50th anniversary as a resident at Mount Hope.

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