Fulfilled Wishes

Thursday
Nov022017

Francis H., 74, Waterford, PA

Francis Higgins, a resident of Waterford, Pennsylvania, had his wish for a saxophone granted, thanks to our Erie, PA chapter and Roland Financial. Francis, known as Corky, 74, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was in the U.S. Army Reserves for 20 years. He loves music and played the saxophone in both high school and college, but misplaced his saxophone somewhere over the years. Corky has early-stage Alzheimer’s and being able to play the saxophone again would help him tremendously. Music therapy has been proven to help Alzheimer’s patients recall emotions and memories. Special thanks to Roland Financial for funding this wish. 

Thursday
Nov022017

Judy R., 79, Brownsburg, IN

Judy Robbins, 79, recently had her wish to skydive granted, thanks to our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Judy has wanted to skydive since she was 18 years old. With her 80th birthday quickly approaching, Judy took the plunge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Thursday
Sep212017

Neshaminy Manor Residents, Warrington, PA

Twilight Wish recently surprised the residents of county-run nursing facility Neshaminy Manor in Warrington with a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party.  With a DJ playing “Fly, Eagles, Fly” in the background, SWOOP, the Eagles mascot, entertained and interacted with the residents, hugging and dancing with several of the seniors. Also on hand were two Eagles cheerleaders who spent time talking with the residents and posing for photos. The party was made possible through funding from The Provident Bank Foundation.

Thursday
Sep212017

Dwayne P., 68, Washington, PA

Dwayne Price, 68, recently had his simple wish for a motorized scooter granted by our Washington County, Pennsylvania chapter. Dwayne is an Air Force veteran who now lives in a nursing facilty. He is in poor health and has trouble breathing when he walks. Having his wish granted will improve his quality of life and give him back some independence.

Tuesday
Sep192017

Margaret M., 86, Greensburg, PA

Margaret Moore, 86, recently had her wish to visit the Flight 93 Memorial with her friend granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Margaret has followed the stories of the 9/11 terror attacks and has done research into the events of that tragic day. Margaret recalled that she was out shopping when she heard of the attack and the crash of Flight 93. Now a resident of Westmoreland Manor, Margaret is on hospice care for various ailments. She and her friend, Jean, enjoyed a memorable day together along with volunteers from the chapter touring the memorial.

Tuesday
Sep192017

Rose P., 66, Washington, PA

Rose Przybyz, a resident of Transitions Healthcare in Washington, Pennsylvania, had her wish to go camping and roast marshmallows granted, thanks to our Washington County chapter.  Rose is disabled and has no family outside of the caregivers at her facility. She is known in her facility for always being kind and helpful with the other residents.  Rose, who is 66, has always wanted to go camping and roast marshmallows on a campfire, but never had the opportunity. Her wish came true when she and several Twilight Wish volunteers spend the weekend camping at Goddard Park Vacationland Campground in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania.  Rose enjoyed seeing the resident ducks, listening to her favorites Tom Petty and U2 and making s'mores around a campfire!

Tuesday
Sep192017

Antoinette C., 85, East Mifflin, PA

Our Allegheny County, Pennsylvania chapter recently granted Antoinette's (Toni) wish for a lift chair. Due to a stroke, Toni is paralyzed on the left side of her body and unable to get up out of a regular chair or sofa. In fact, she has fallen several times trying to do so and had to call the paramedics to lift her back up. Having a lift chair will allow her to maintain some independence and improve her quality of life. Special thanks to National Wellness Supply for discounting the cost of her new chair.

Tuesday
Sep192017

Barbara R., 73, Braddock Hills, PA

Our Allegheny County, Pennsylvania chapter recently granted Barbara's simple wish for a lift chair. She suffers from a medical condition that makes it difficult for her to get to a standing position. Special thanks to National Wellness Supply for discounting the cost of her lift chair.

Tuesday
Aug292017

Edith L., 81, Boston, MA

Edith Lofton had her wish to visit the National African American Museum of History and Culture and the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington D.C. granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation.  Lofton, 81, volunteered on the Boston area committees to fundraise for both the museum and the monument. She worked as a nurse for many years and also volunteers as an usher at her church, Morning Star Baptist Church. Lofton was nominated by her granddaughter who wrote “Because she lived through the Civil Rights Movement, being able to visit the monument and museum will be a wonderful way for her to relive her earlier years and reflect on where she has come from.” Because Lofton lives on a fixed income, she could not afford the costs of travel and lodging on her own. She and her daughter travelled via bus from Boston to D.C., arriving on the 25th and leaving on the 27th.  Special thanks to Debbie Goetz Media Connections for their in-kind sponsorship of this wish.

Tuesday
Aug292017

John K., 92, Hatboro, PA

Twilight Wish Foundation recently granted the wish of John Kennard, a resident of Luther Woods Nursing and Rehabiliation Center in Hatboro. Kennard, 92, wished to meet his favorite meteorologist, Adam Joseph of WPVI-Channel 6 in Philadelphia.

Kennard served in the Navy during World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1948, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving for more than 27 years.  He decided to share his love of the weather and became certified in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching classes on the weather for many years. Although now retired and living at Luther Woods, Kennard keeps busy and broadcasts the weather to the other residents every morning over the intercom. Kennard has been a fan of Joseph’s for years and watches him do the weather every day. His wish to meet Adam Joseph, talk to him about the weather and their shared love of meteorology and watch him do the weather broadcast was granted on August 23rd.

Not only did Kennard get to meet Joseph, but was given a tour of the WPVI studios. He also watched Joseph and the rest of the Action News team do the 4 p.m. broadcast and met Brian Taff, Alicia Vitarelli and Sharri Williams. Thank you to everyone at WPVI for making this special wish come true for such a deserving man!

Tuesday
Aug292017

Sr. Patricia W., 84, Greensburg, PA

Sr. Patricia Wilson, 84, had her Twilight Wish to ride in a hot air balloon granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter.  A member of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Wilson retired at age 74 from active ministry and teaching and administrative posts. Although retired, she currently volunteers for Faith in Action, an organization that helps people remain independent in their homes as long as possible, and has done so for the past seven years. Throughout her more than sixty years of service to others, Wilson has taught in Catholic schools, served as a parish assistant, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, started a parish newspaper and started support groups for the separated, divorced and widowed parishioners. Her wish was granted on August 16, 2017.

Tuesday
Aug152017

Jeanne R., 84, Nashua, NH

Jeanne Roberts, 84, a resident of Nashua, New Hampshire, had her wish to have her craft work displayed thanks to our New Hampshire chapter. Jeanne loves crafting and her specialty is fairy houses. On her daily walks, she collects natural materials and builds and decorates the tiny houses with what she finds. Jeanne's wish to have her houses displayed was granted as part of the Cocheco Arts Festival on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Tuesday
Aug152017

JoAnn S., 74, Greensburg, PA

JoAnn Sedunov, 74, a resident of Greensburg, PA, recently had her simple wish for diabetic shoes granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. JoAnn has had two toes amputated and it is very important that she has diabetic shoes in order to prevent further complications and wounds. Because the shoes are expensive, she couldn't afford them on her own. JoAnn volunteers in the kitchen at Hempfield Terrace providing daily lunches and dinner for all of her neighbors. She also works at the Community College Senior Program 20 hours a week. Her simple wish was granted on July 20, 2017.

Tuesday
Aug152017

Stevie M., 72, Valparaiso, IN

Stevie McMeans, 72, recently had his wish to see KISS in concert granted, thanks to a partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Stevie, a resident of Valparaiso Care & Rehabilitation Center, is a huge KISS fan. His greatest joy in life is listening to KISS songs and his room is decorated with posters and memorabilia. Stevie is very involved in activities in his facility and  helps in the community with jobs sponsored through Opportunity Enterprises. Everyone at his facility was thrilled that his wish came true!

Monday
Aug142017

Mary Ann B., and Bernice K., Greensburg, PA

Mary Ann Baker and Bernice Kirk recently had their wish to visit the Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Mary Ann and Bernice are roommates and great friends who share a love of gardening and an interest in dinosaurs. Mary Ann, 74, is a member of the Rosary Group and helps out with bingo and Bernice, 68, started a stroke support roup at Westmoreland Manor. Their wish was granted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Jonathan H., 80, Doylestown, PA

Jonathan Hilson, a resident of Doylestown Care & Rehabilitation Center recently had his wish to go to a Phillies game granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Jonathan, 80, is terminally ill and rarely leaves his facility. In his younger years, he played varsity baseball at Syracuse University and worked as sports director of the campus radio station there, WAER-FM. After graduation, Jonathan enlisted in the Marines and played for the Parris Island baseball team. Following his honorable discharge, he began a long career in television broadcasting as an editor, writer and cameraman. He retired in 2010 after his wife passed away. Thank you to the Philadelphia Phillies who provided the tickets and surprised Jonathan with a gift bag of Phillies items including a shirt that acknowledged his military service during the game on June 22nd.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Joan LaMarra, 78, Highland, MI

Joan LaMarra, resident of Highland, Michigan, had her wish for hearing aids granted on June 19th, 2017 thanks to our Michigan chapter and Huron Valley Hearing of Highland. Joan, 78, developed tinnitus after a fall in 1996 that has worsened over the years. As a result, she struggles to hear others, especially in crowded areas and can no longer volunteer as she cannot hear what others are saying. She desperately needed hearing aids, but couldn't afford them on her own. As a former beauty parlor owner, she volunteered at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in the burn unit, working with patients with scarring and hair loss. In the past, LaMarra has donated her services to “Look Good, Feel Better”, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of cancer treatment patients. Her role was to measure women for wigs and teach patients how to care for them. In addition to this service, LaMarra volunteered for the VFW 1518 Ladies Auxiliary of Gaylord for six years. Thanks to the generosity of Huron Valley Hearing of Highland, MI her wish will come true. Huron Valley Hearing donated refurbished, top-end hearing aids, cleaning tools, batteries, a fitting and three post visit services as well as a TV streaming device and a Bluetooth phone device. In addition; ReSound, the manufacturer of the hearing aids and devices donated an extra year of warranty for each device so they can be serviced by the manufacturer if needed.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Phyllis G., 95, Fairfax, CA

Phyllis Gould, 95, a resident of Fairfax, California,  had her wish to attend the annual American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) reunion granted, thanks to several generous donors.  During WWII, Phyllis worked as a welder at the Kaiser-Richmond shipyards, helping to build Liberty and Victory ships. She and fellow Rosie, Mae Krier of Levittown, PA, were instrumental in getting lawmakers to pass a resolution designating March 21, 2017 as ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day,’ a national day of recognition for the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during WWII.  These women joined the workforce in increasing numbers and took on roles previously held by men during the war. The two women have worked tirelessly over the past eight years, contacting politicians and media outlets seeking this much-deserved recognition. Phyllis could not afford the cost of the trip from her home in California to the reunion in Kansas City, Missouri so she turned to national nonprofit Twilight Wish, who two years prior, had granted Mae's wish to do the same. Her wish was granted in early June 2017. Phyllis is in the top row, fifth from the left.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Georgia R., North Huntingdon, PA

Georgia Richardson, a resident of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish to for a copy of "Gone with the Wind" granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Georgia was a librarian for many years. She never married and now lives in a nursing facility and has very little visitors. Georgia was nominated by her social worker who thought that having her wish granted would lift her spirits and make her feel less lonely. Our Westmoreland County chapter surprised Georgia with several books, including her favorite, "Gone with the Wind," as well as lunch out at a local restaurant on May 29, 2017.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Patricia A., 82, Barstow, CA

Patricia Archibeque, 82, a resident of Barstow, California recently had her wish for new skirting for her mobile home granted, thanks to our Barstow chapter. Patricia lives alone in a mobile home and the skirting around the bottom of the trailer was crumbling. The skirting is needed to keep debris and small animals from getting under her home, but Patricia couldn't afford it on her fixed income. Thanks to our Barstow chapter, her wish was granted in late May 2017.