"She's just a wonderful human being," Sizemore said.
His efforts to recognize her for her caring attitude resulted in Bell receiving a Distinguished Hoosier award, which Sizemore planned to present to her today. The award recognizes people for significant contributions to their community because of their "sense of responsibility, commitment and concern for others."
Sizemore, a disabled artist, wrote a letter to local Indiana Rep. Phil GiaQuinta late last year seeking help in recognizing Bell. Sizemore later received a large, Distinguished Hoosier award certificate in the mail that had been signed by Gov. Mike Pence after Pence had been elected the incoming U.S. vice president.
Sizemore said Bell is very generous with her time and resources, even though she is busy with work, raising a family and teaching Sunday School at her church. He has talked with some of her other patients, and they all say she is just as nice to them.
"I wanted to show her we appreciate her," Sizemore said.