The truth is sometimes hard to find

Last week we reported on Chris Old, a 41-year-old man who is dying of AIDS and was grateful and happy to have a friend named Carson Ducharme who was trying to start an AIDS hospice in a trailer home in Gibsons.

At that time Old said Ducharme saved him from a life of misery. Old, who is too weak to go to the bathroom himself, was living in an unclean environment without a caregiver. Life with Ducharme, he said, was "really good."

Fast forward to the day the story came out, Saturday, June 19, when a completely different story was unfolding.

When we talked to Old this week, he was in a hospital room at St. Mary's, sick and injured.

Nurses said he was too upset to even leave his room. He told us Ducharme had allegedly abused him and police took him to the hospital.

The facts of this story are murky at best. Old swears Ducharme is mentally unstable and unfit to run a hospice. Police did not arrest anyone at the time of the incident, and Ducharme says there was never any physical violence.

Other people have contacted us with information on this incident, but most don't want to be named or quoted.

Whatever the truth, it seems the AIDS hospice is more of a dream than reality at this point.

Regardless of whether or not Old was abused, he was forced to leave the home, a home meant to serve him. Old is telling people who call his cell phone not to donate to the proposed AIDS hospice in Gibsons, and he himself is waiting for a room to open at "a real hospice."

It's sad that Old is sitting in a hospital room, waiting for a place to die in dignity, and it's suspicious that Ducharme did not return our pages. Instead we found him in a local restaurant and pressed an interview.

Sometimes the truth is hard to find or at least have verified by anyone willing to go on record.

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