In the Cold, Distant World of COVID-19, Caregiver Exudes Warmth and Friendship


The coronavirus outbreak meant masks, plastic shields, and limited physical contact. But a Doylestown family appreciates the hands-on care their disabled son received as the health crisis raged. His caregiver-friend led with her heart, reports Becca Henderson for 6abc. 

When Sue Burkhard visits Christopher Strasburg she enters through the garage of his Doylestown home. As the door trundles up, he can hear that she has arrived. And his giggles of joy start before she’s even in sight. 

Burkhard works for Help at Home, a program that guides people with disabilities, like Christopher, to live independently. 

“A few times a week, Sue comes over to play,” Christopher said through his speaking app. 

When the pandemic hit and so much of life changed, Burkhard was a constant for Christopher. She took him outside to places like Doylestown Central Park.

His parents call her a lifeline. 

“[Sue found] things to do where they weren’t around other people, to try and keep them safe and their families safe,” Pam, Christopher’s mother, said. 
“I just can’t imagine our life without her in it,” she concluded. 

Sue says she’s the lucky one: “Blessed beyond what I deserve, working with these guys.” 

More on this special friendship is at 6abc 

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