At age 94, Meals on Wheels client Fred Smith has had his fair share of health-related issues. Multiple cancers and treatments, a stroke, and a knee replacement have taken some of the spring in his step, but he’s fought hard to be alive today.
Born and raised in Oak Cliff, Fred is a retired long-haul trucker and now lives in an apartment in DeSoto. His 15-year-old dog Rosie died in 2011 and he’s lived alone ever since. Living through the pandemic was difficult for him, but spending 24 years on the road as a trucker prepared him for the loneliness. “All those years and all that time in the cab of the truck helped me from going crazy,” he said. Still, he felt isolated and looked forward to his Meals on Wheels deliveries each week.
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