Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Christmas wish for Nick's House

I'm a sucker for a story with a good ending.

You might have noticed there has been quite a bit of debate over the pros and cons of the HEADstrong Foundation using a sprawling old home in Swarthmore as a free temporary residence for cancer patients and their care givers who are in the region to receive treatment.

In fact, I wrote about it in my Monday Letter From the Editor print column.

One of the factors I talked about was the misconception that some complained about, that our coverage unfairly branded all of Swarthmore as opposing the plan.

In fact, Christine Reuther, the attorney representing HEADstrong in the matter before the borough council, pointed out in a Facebook post that the majority of borough residents were supporting and had reached out to the group to offer their help.

Last night I got an email from Reuther. She wanted to let me know that HEADstrong officially closed on the purchase of the South Chester Road home Monday and will now proceed with getting the house ready to host families battling cancer.

They also got a message from the community.

This sign was placed on the front door of the home last Friday. It states:

Nick's House

We Welcome You With Open Hands,

From Your Neighbors, Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School AM Kindergarten Class.

It is signed by the kids.

Somewhere, Nick Colleluori is smiling.

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