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7Everyday Hero Bill Lajoie cares for unsung heroes of Children's Hospital Colorado

Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 15:51:58-05

AURORA, Colo. — When describing Bill Lajoie, it is hard to pick just one word.

"He is a rockstar," said Christi Ana Smith.

"Amazing," said nurse Alana Dauman.

One word can't possibly describe Lajoie's magnetic personality that's been lighting up the halls of Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for the past 19 years.

"We look forward to seeing him," Ana Smith said.

Lajoie is one of dozens of volunteers at Aurora's hospital. Each Tuesday, you'll find him manning the 'Harley Cart,' taking care of the nurses so they can in turn care for some of the hospital's littlest patients.

"We just know he's coming in every single Tuesday to take care of us, because we're taking care of the kids, but he takes care of us," Ana Smith said.

Lajoie's generosity doesn't stop there. Each week, he collects all the baked good donations for the cart and once a month he buys a mountain of cookies for the families and staff.

"You'll never be able to cure a patient, but you can certainly help somebody's attitude and let them know that people care," Lajoie said.

For the most part, Lajoie's interactions are brief, but his personality, compassion and good-natured spirit are lasting.

"Just to see Bill's warm smiling face coming by just really brings us back to reality of where we're at and how blessed we are to be here and have people like Bill come take care of us," said hospital nurse Erin Inderwish.

"No matter how tired you are or what kind of a day you've had, after you leave this place, you feel so much better than when you walked in," Lajoie described.

No, you can't sum up someone who gives so much, with just one word, but you can certainly see the impact and joy he brings to those around him.

Molly Hendrickson anchors Denver7 in the mornings from 4:30-7 a.m. She also features a different 7Everyday Hero each week on Denver7. Follow Molly on Facebook here and Twitter here. To nominate a hero in your life, click here.