Northern Kentucky nurse follows one act of kindness with another

Posted at 11:38 PM, Dec 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-25 23:39:18-05

EDGEWOOD, Ky. -- St. Elizabeth Healthcare spokesperson Guy Karrick calls Terry Foster his "secret weapon."

Garrett hugs one of her father's nurses

Foster is a longtime nurse with the hospital. In the fall, nurse Rebecca Garrett asked 9 On Your Side to help her track down the two nurses whose kindness inspired her career choice while they cared for her father 26 years ago. It was Foster who was able to identify the women from a photo and make their reunion with Garrett possible.

"He's been here a long, long time," Karrick said. 

When Foster's wife, Peggy, was being treated for her own terminal illness, she received treatment from the same nurses as Garrett's father. 

And Foster has done a lot of good on his own. He started a memorial fund in Peggy's name to help other people facing medical challenges.

"She looked like a nice lady. She was," Foster said. "She was a lot of fun, very mischievous in a good way."

Now Garrett is facing a medical challenge of her own. She's supposed to have surgery next month for a serious brain condition called AVM. Foster has picked her as the person benefiting from the Peggy Foster Memorial Fund this year. 

"She was a very generous, very kind, very funny person, but also committed to helping others," Foster said. "And I said, 'You know what? I'm going to do this in her name.'"

So Terry Foster is a nurse. His wife, Peggy Foster was a nurse. And this act of kindness in her name helps Garrett, who is also a nurse, thanks to the nurses who took care of her father and their family so long ago.