Middletown, New York (CNN) — A retired nurse is spreading holiday cheer to sick patients despite her own treatment of cancer.
Retired, longtime Middletown nurse turned Santa, Kathy Horbath says, “everyday is Christmas for a cancer patient.”
Helping people in their time of need is all she knows.
Dressed up as Santa, the 61-year-old delivered gifts and cards Thursday to some of Orange Regional Medical Center’s sickest patients. Like she has done for the past two years.
Except this year she is a patient too.
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Kathy calls her efforts, ‘Operation Santa.’
The sentiment, despite her obvious physical struggle, is appreciated by everyone on her ‘list.’
“As long as I breathe life,” said Kathy, “I’ll be your Santa. And I’m here to give that spirit to these patients.”
(Copyright (c) 2019 CNN. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)