Tag Archives: Krystof Bondar

Pic Of The Day #254

Most Pics of the Day don’t need a back story.

This one does.

Last week, Krystof Bodnar‘s doctor did a final biopsy. The news was great: His cancer is gone!

Chemotherapy and radiation did plenty of damage to the popular Westport window washer’s body. He is awaiting surgery for 2 stents in his heart. His legs give him problems, and his kidney function is not good.

“It takes time to get back to normal,” Krystof says. “But I’m going in the right direction. I no longer have to worry about cancer. I hope next spring I can start washing windows again, and be financially independent.” (Until that happens, you can still donate to his GoFundMe page.)

Krystof thanks Elaine and Kristen at Westport’s Department of Human Services, for all their help this year (including a Stop & Shop gift card). And he wishes all “06880” readers a happy, healthy new year.

From Poland To Westport: A Window Washer’s Life

You may not know the name Krystof Bondar.

But if you live in Westport and had your windows washed, you probably know “Polish Chris.”

Now you should hear his story.

In his native Poland, Chris trained as an electromagnetic technician. In 1987 he came to the US, seeking greater opportunities.

He tried Sikorsky, Avco and other manufacturers. They were not hiring.

He went to work in construction, doing roofing and siding. He polished brass in a small shop, and washed dishes in restaurants.

In May of 1995, his wife died.

A few months later, Chris moved to Westport and started his own window washing business. He worked hard, and earned a great reputation.

Krystof Bondar — aka “Polish Chris.”

In 2007 — just as the economy tanked — he had open heart surgery.

He worked less. His health insurance rose, to $900 a month. Unable to pay, he lost it.

Westport’s Human Services Department helped get Husky Care, which he is grateful for.

But this past January, Chris was diagnosed with bladder cancer. During chemo, he developed blood clots in his legs. They traveled to his lungs.

Today he is in chronic pain, and can barely walk.

For 22 years, Chris washed windows for a living. Now he stops 5 times on his way down the driveway to pick up his mail.

His medical bills are astronomical. (On top of everything else, last week he was hospitalized with kidney stones.)

Ten years ago, Chris says, “I cheated the devil. I won my life battle.”

Now he’s trying again.

(A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Krystof Bondar. Click here to donate.)

Snow Day: Noon Scenes

As the snow continued throughout the morning, alert “06880” readers sent in photos from around town. Here are a few:

Without entitled parking -- at least, none we can see -- the Starbucks near the diner looks positively serene. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

Without entitled parking — at least, none we can see — the Starbucks near the diner looks positively serene. (Photo/Diane Lowman)

Whenever the Minute Man is decorated with a Santa cap or Easter bunny ears, a few folks complain. Today, Mother Nature decorated Westport's favorite figure. Enjoy! (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Whenever the Minute Man is decorated with a Santa cap or Easter bunny ears, a few folks complain. Today, Mother Nature decorated Westport’s favorite figure. Enjoy! (Photo/Anne Hardy)

Staples junior Eliza Goldberg snapped this shot of her dog Gracie.

Staples junior Eliza Goldberg snapped this shot of her dog Gracie.

Rindy Higgins lives on Saugatuck Shores. This morning she saw this sight. Because he's reddish-gray, black behind the ears with a white chest and long tail that stuck out straight when he scooted off, she's pretty sure he's a fox -- not a coyote.

Rindy Higgins lives on Saugatuck Shores. This morning she saw this sight. Because he’s reddish-gray, black behind the ears with a white chest and long tail that stuck out straight when he scooted off, she’s pretty sure he’s a fox — not a coyote.

A meadow view, on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)

The view on Meadow View. (Photo/Krystof Bondar)