How do you responsibly celebrate a man who beat both cancer and coronavirus just six months apart? Socially-distant parade, baby!
Indianapolis residents Paul Lee and his wife Julie Lee started to feel sick in the middle of March. Julie got better within a few days; however, her 48-year-old husband, who had just finished battling cancer, got much worse.
“It moved to where he couldn’t walk and he couldn’t talk and I said to him, ‘Influenza B doesn’t cause you to not be able to walk or talk,’” Julie Lee told Indianapolis media outlet WTHR.
Two weeks later, Paul Lee was on a ventilator fighting for his life, but slowly recovered as his family of eight remained quarantined at home.
Finally, Lee was able to return home on April 16 after not only beating prostate cancer in November 2019, but also surviving COVID-19.
“I said, ‘We’ve got to do something for Paul. We need to give him a ticker-tape parade or something that’s going to make him feel better and welcome him back home because he deserves it after struggling with cancer originally and now the coronavirus,’” neighbor Karen Cumings said in an interview with WTHR-TV.
For his homecoming, people in the neighborhood made signs and brought out cowbells to cheer him on as he arrived home from the hospital.
Quite a stark contrast to Brian Stelter who is spending his days crying in bed despite the fact that he isn’t even sick!
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