Shelton resident Tom D’Addario, owner of D’Addario Auto Group in Shelton, has been named the first community winner of St. Vincent’s Values Recognition Award.
The award has traditionally celebrated hospital staff members for doing extraordinary acts of kindness and compassion for patients, families and colleagues.
D’Addario received the award for helping to make possible the donation of a used car to the mother of a terminally ill young female patient. This will allow the patient’s mother to transport her grandchildren to appointments and activities in the future.
The car donation began as a “Christmas Wish” to radio station WEBE-FM, called in by Nancy Russo, a staff nurse at Medical Specialists of Fairfield. It was granted with the help of St. Vincent’s Foundation Executive Director Lyn McCarthy and the generosity of Tom D’Addario.
Oncology staff showed their compassion by bringing Christmas in the form of a tree and presents to this family at a difficult time.
Tom D’Addario and his family have been longtime supporters of St. Vincent’s Medical Center and its Swim Across the Sound cancer charity.