Carefully maneuvering around equipment in the therapy gym, Bob McAllister wheels a patient back to his room at the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute in Roseville. Once at the room, Bob is happy to sit and share his story of recovery. He tells how in 2009 he developed a rare condition called Churg-Strauss syndrome and how therapy gave him the ability to walk again. Bob spent a week at the Roseville institute but returned many times to surprise the therapists with his progress until one of them suggested he become a volunteer.
Now he comes once a week and can often be found cleaning gym equipment or wheeling around patients, inspiring them with his story. McAllister says it's his way of giving back to his therapists. "They better equipped me to function even if I didn't get any better," he says. "But fortunately, I got better." PHOTOGRAPHER'S BLOG Additional photographs and story. blogs.sacbee.com/exposuresTo suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact email@example.com