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July 13, 2020 -- A woman in Florida took a part-time job washing dishes at her husband’s memory care center so she could visit him during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mary Daniel used to see her husband, Steve, who has Alzheimer’s, every day -- until his facility stopped allowing visitors due to COVID-19.

Daniel said she tried to visit her husband through his window, but it only upset him. So when the facility offered her a job washing dishes -- and a chance to see her husband in person -- she jumped at the opportunity.

"I told them, 'I'm gonna be the best dishwasher you've ever had, because I want to be here, because I need to be with him,’” she told CNN.

After her first day on the job, Daniel shared a photo on Facebook, writing, “After 114 days I got to hug my husband today. I also washed a lot of dishes. Proof where there’s a will there’s a way! I love you Steve Daniel!”

Daniel said she was relieved her husband recognized her -- even through her face mask. “He came up from behind me and put his arms around the front of me ... which is an incredible feeling," she said. "So, he knows who I am. There's no question, he knows who I am even in a mask."

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Sources

CNN: “Florida woman took dishwashing job so she could visit husband with Alzheimer's during pandemic.”

Facebook: Mary Daniel, July 3, 2020.

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