Citoli: Benevilla has been attentive to my needs in Sun City

I think that often in this world we spend a lot of time on the negative things that people do, and we often fail to give praise to the people who are doing wonderful things behind the scenes with little to no rewards.

This past decade has been a rough one for me with the loss of two businesses, three major head traumas and now a cancer diagnosis. I get very little from SSDI and have been battling the VA for my disability benefits for almost a year now. I was at the end of my rope with the cancer diagnosis because the clutch was going on my car and I have little help with the day-to-day things, let alone transportation.

I found Catherine Ruff, the Benevilla Home Services coordinator, last summer. It is a non-profit organization that helps seniors stay independent in their homes longer by providing transportation and other home help on a volunteer basis. I am now into my fourth week of radiation treatment, and he American Cancer Society is supposed to get me volunteers for my rides. Otherwise, I have to use up my cab allowance, which is not nearly enough to cover all my treatment visits.

So far, Catherine and her volunteers have found people to give me rides to almost all of my treatments and have only had to use about three of my cab allowances. Her volunteers have always been on time, reliable and very kind. I would never have been able to make it there without them.

In addition, she found a person to come and put my trash out a couple times a month to help take some of the load off of me while I am recovering.

I wanted to be able to do something to give back to Catherine and her volunteers as a way to show my appreciation for all they have done to help me so far. They have made my life a little easier, when this whole process could have been much worse for me than it was.

Merry Citoli

Sun City

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