Behind the Brick: Jack and Scott Caldwell
Two Acts of Kindness Give a Bob Hope Village Resident’s Love Ones a Special Place in the Garden of Hope
When Vesta visits the Garden of Hope, she has two bricks to visit: one for her son Scott and one for her husband Jack. While the bricks honor her loved ones, they also remind Vesta of the generous people behind the brick donations.
Vesta’s son Scott was diagnosed with a chronic blood deficiency at the age of sixteen. While the diagnosis suggested he had less than two years to live, Scott fought the disease for over twenty years.
One Saturday morning shortly after Vesta and Jack moved to Bob Hope Village, they noticed a couple admiring the grounds around their apartment.
“Jack and I went out to greet them and the next thing you know we were all visiting in our apartment.” The couple spent the afternoon asking Vesta and Jack about their life at Bob Hope Village. Only once did they mention their late son.
A few weeks after the visit, Vesta received a note stating a brick had been purchased by the visiting couple to honor Scott. “It was a true act of kindness,” Vesta said.
After the brick was purchased for their son, the couple continued their life at Bob Hope Village until one day shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary Jack passed away. Vesta asked friends and family to donate to AFEV, and the couple’s friends honored Jack with a memorial brick.
“I’m so grateful for the Garden of Hope and to those who have donated to this project,” Vesta explained. “I’ve been blessed by people who want to remember my family.”
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