Guenther Volkman is 84 and a resident of House of Prayer Assisted Living in Tucson. Years ago, back in his homeland of Germany, Guenther was a horse jockey. Now, he is wheelchair-bound and in hospice care in his nursing facility. His last wish to revisit a horse racetrack before he dies was granted thanks to our Tucson Arizona chapter and the generosity of Rillito Downs. Guenther spent a wonderful day at the racetrack with his family and Tucson chapter volunteers. One of the races was named after him and the winning jockey dedicated the race to him. Guenther was also featured on the Jumbotron and was honored in the winner's circle. Special thanks to Rillito Downs for their generosity in helping to grant this wish. Watch the coverage of his wish here on KGUN 9 and KVDA NBC4.
Wanda W., 73, a resident of Brevillier Village in Erie, PA, had her wish for lunch out with her two daughters granted, thanks to our Erie, PA chapter. Wanda suffers from a progressive neurological disease and, because of her physical limitations, hasn't left the facility in over two years. Her wish was to visit with her daughters, Debbie and Christine, while she is still able. This simple wish was so important to Wanda because it has been nearly six years since the three of them enjoyed a lunch out together.
Thanks to United Health Group: Delaware Optum employees and several other donors, Louise's wish to have lunch with her extended family was granted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Olive Garden in Christiana, Delaware. Louise will also be treated to a day out shopping at a later date, also thanks to these donors.
Doylestown nursing home resident Robert Richardson had his wish for a motorized wheelchair granted, thanks to the employees of W. Atlee Burpee & Company and Twilight Wish Foundation. Robert has been a resident of Briarleaf Nursing Home in Doylestown for over eleven years and spent the last six in a wheelchair. However, due to his medical condition, it had become very difficult for Robert to self-ambulate in his manual wheelchair. Robert, who was born in Ireland, has no family here in the U.S. and, due to his limited income, could not afford the cost of a motorized chair on his own. But, thanks to the generosity of the employees of W. Atlee Burpee & Company, his simple wish came true!
Every year, Burpee’s 160 employees choose a charity to donate to during the holiday season. This year, they chose Twilight Wish Foundation and raised $4,500 through a silent auction at their Christmas party. Several employees, including Burpee CEO and Chairman George Ball were on hand for unveiling of Robert’s new wheelchair. Special thanks to Steve Brown of Looking Glass Photography for taking photos at the wish granting. Pictured: Burpee employees, representatives from Twilight Wish with Robert.
Ron Albers, 83, was a pastor in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for over 40 years. He suffered a stroke three years ago and now he and his wife, Barbara, are residents of Lutheran Manor in Wauwatosa, WI. Ron is wheelchair bound and it is very difficult for them to leave their facility. Because of this, they have not been able to attend church services in several years. They were nominated by Barbara’s college roommate and friend of over 58 years, Shirley Beggs. Shirley remembered Barbara telling her that she would give anything to be able to take her husband to Christmas services at their church, Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church. This simple and poignant wish was granted on Christmas Day when they were transported from their facility to their church to attend services. To watch the video coverage on WDJT-CBS 58, click here.
Carol Smith, 79, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to Jim Atkins of Miracle Ear - Bensalem. Carol raised three children while working full-time and also volunteered as a den mother for her sons' Cub Scouts troop. After retiring, she became the primary caretaker for both her husband, who has severe dementia, and her son, who suffered a stroke. Both are now living in nursing facilities while Carol now lives alone in low-income senior housing. Although she badly needed hearing aids, she couldn't afford them on her own. Thanks to Jim Atkins of Miracle Ear who generously donated the evaluation and two hearing aids, Carol can now hear again!
Mary Morrow, 97, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to the Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish. According to her nominator, Sister Rosemarie Yao, Mary is a young, vibrant 97 years old whose only health issue is that she is hard of hearing. In fact, up until 2013, Mary still swam 50 laps weekly! Mary is also very religious and attends daily Mass. For over 30 years, Mary and her husband volunteered at their church in outreaching to new parishoners, welcoming them and personally visiting them. After her husband passed away, Mary continued her community involvement, volunteering at St. Augustine Home for over ten years. With the help of Tami and Alan Schwenk of the Take a Trip Foundation as well as Terie and Katie Thompson of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Mary's wish was granted. Pictured: Nominator Sister Rosemarie, Mary, and Tami Schwenk.
Doris Powell celebrated her birthday by having her wish to do something special this year granted. Doris, a resident of Spring Arbor of Raleigh Residential Assisted Living, suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS). Prior to being diagnosed with MS, this mother of two and grandmother of four worked as a teller for a local bank. Doris is an integral part of the Spring Arbor community and is well known for her infectious smile, positive attitude and colorful outfits! Her wish was to get her hair and nails done, get dressed up and ride in a limo to a birthday dinner with friends at her favorite restaurant. Thanks to several generous donors, her wish was granted on her birthday, Friday, December 12, 2014, when she and her friends traveled via limo to Red Lobster where they enjoyed a delicious dinner together.
Helen Morrow, 78, a resident of Wampum, PA will have her wish to go to a Steelers granted on December 28th. Tom Ford, chapter director of the New Castle, PA chapter of Twilight Wish, presented her wish an autographed football, game tickets and a wish certificate at her facility on Tuesday, November 25th. Helen is a faithful, lifelong Steelers fan, but had never had the chance to go to a game in person. She was an LPN for years at Allegheny General Hospital, retiring twice but returning back each time, until she retired for the third and final time. Helen was nominated by Tara Lutz, a nurse's aid at Life Lawrence County. Pictured, Helen with Tara Lutz.
Patricia Wozniak, 74, a resident of Girard, PA, recently had her wish for a rocker recliner granted, thanks to the Erie, PA chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. According to her daughter, Patricia is a very caring person who always puts others first. Patricia has never had any new furniture, she was always content with other's cast-offs. She was thrilled with her brand new recliner and will spend many hours reading in it this winter! Pictured: Patricia with her daughter, Elizabeth DeAngelo.
Florence Finkbeiner, 84, lives in low-income senior housing in Quakertown, PA. Florence suffers from arthritis in her shoulder and back and also had a knee replacement. She wished for a new lift chair to replace her 12-year-old one that no longer works. The new lift chair will alleviate the pain she feels using a regular chair and will also give her stability and help her avoid falling. Her simple wish was granted thanks to funding received from The Kistler-Tiffany Foundation. Pictured with Florence, from left: Bill Daggett, III, of The Kistler-Tiffany Foundation and Mary Farrell and Michelle Bowren of Twilight Wish Foundation.
Katie Horger, 83, lives on her own in subsidized senior housing in Telford, PA. She has severe arthritis in her lower back and knees and wished for a reclining lift chair to alleviate some of her pain and allow her to remain independent. Thanks to At Home Certified Senior Healthcare, her wish was granted on November 6, 2014. Pictured: Director of Wish Management Michelle Bowren presents Katie with her certificate.
Hank Goehring, 80, and his wife, Loretta, lived in the small town of Kimmswick, Missouri, for over 14 years and were very involved in the community there. Now, with them getting on in years and being unable to live on their own, they live together in the Marymount Senior Living Community in Eureka. Goehring’s simple, poignant wish is to return for the day to their beloved town of Kimmswick and revisit some of their favorite places including City Hall where Goehring used to work as an Alderman. In addition to serving as an Alderman, Goehring was a police officer for over 30 years, both in St. Louis and in Kimmswick where he was Chief of Police. In addition, he is an Army and Marine Corp Reserve veteran and ran the museum at Jefferson Barracks Historic Park for ten years. Besides City Hall, the Goehring’s drove past the Anheuser Estate, their own family home, and then had lunch at one of their favorite restaurants, The Dough Depot. Special thanks to Mobility 4 U, The Dough Depot and Right at Home St. Louis for helping to grant this special wish.
Telford resident Donna Caldwell recently had her wish for dentures granted, thanks to nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and Dr. Beth Snyder, both located in Doylestown. Caldwell, 69, has been a resident of Grundy Manor, a low-income housing facility for seniors for the past four years. According to her nominator, Mary Haesemeyer, her case manager, Caldwell is always helping other residents in the building and served on the Grundy Manor council for three years. In addition, Caldwell has worked for over 15 years as a caregiver for older adults. She has been without dentures for over two years, but couldn’t afford to get a new set because of her limited income. Now, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Beth Snyder and her team, Caldwell is smiling again! Pictured:Donna Caldwell, with staff members from left: Heather Kieper, Dr. Beth Snyder and Jessica Casso.
Barbara Arp, 75, a resident of Telford, PA, had her wish for dinner at her favorite restaurant with a friend granted, thanks to funding received from the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation. Arp, a retired home health aide, is a resident of Grundy Manor, a low-income senior housing facility. According to her case manager, Arp is selfless and always puts others first. In fact, for several years now, she has provided care to a developmentally disabled resident, cooking and cleaning for him and accompanying him to doctor appointments, expecting nothing in return. Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford this special dinner on her own and was so grateful that her wish was granted. Pictured: Michelle Bowren, Director of Wish Management, presents Arp with her wish certificate.
Virginia Kirby, a resident of Santa Cruz, CA recently had her poignant wish to visit her family's gravesites in Los Angeles granted by our Southern California chapter. Kirby has not been able to visit their graves in years because of the cost and distance. At the age of 87, this wish is very meaningful and important to her. Kirby has been very involved in her community throughout her life. Even now, she is an active member of three senior centers in Santa Cruz and works as a volunteer for both the Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County and the Symphony League of Santa Cruz County.
Rowena Pattee Kryder, a visionary artist and author, had her Twilight Wish to see her work brought to a broader receptive audience through a gallery granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation, a locally-based nonprofit, and the Friends of Rowena. Kryder, a resident of Reno, Nevada, is 79 years old and in failing health. She has been forced to live from her savings, which are dwindling rapidly. Her last wish is to have her collection of artwork framed and shown in a gallery. Her work has been called "sacred art" and illustrates her expansive world view. Through this exhibit at a private gallery in New Hope, her art will be brought to the world, giving her the recognition she deserves. Although Kryder is too ill to travel from Reno to New Hope, she was present for part of the exhibit via skype.
In Josephine Dresser's own words: "I adore animals!" Every year, Dresser, a resident of Toledo, OH makes a trip to the Toledo Zoo, which she very much enjoys. However, she has always wanted see the exhibits at the Columbus Zoo, but never had the opportunity. Finally, at the age of 88, her wish came true. Dresser is a World War II veteran who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British Army, an organization similar to the U.S. Women’s Army Corps. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1953 and has dual British and U.S. citizenship. Dresser and her late husband raised a family together and she worked for years as a legal secretary. For the past 12 years, Dresser has volunteered at Little Sisters of the Poor. Twilight Wish arranged for Dresser to make the trip to the Columbus Zoo on Saturday, September 20, 2014 during Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest. To make her wish even more special, Dresser had a front row seat for Hanna’s 1 p.m. show and met him privately before the show. Special thanks to Jim White Toyota for donating the transportation for Dresser and to the Columbus Zoo for donating the cost of admission and arranging for her to meet Hanna.
Harry Snyder served in the U.S. Army during World War II, participating in the invasion of Normandy, Operation Cobra, the Battle of the Bulge and the Allied occupation of Berlin. He was a member of the 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Divison. His wish to travel back to the shores of Omaha Beach in France where he fought during the invasion of Normandy, 70 years ago was granted, thanks in part to funding received from the Volpe & Koenig, P.C. IPromise Charitable Giving Fund. Snyder's journey back will be part of a documentary titled "Normandy: A World Apart."
Mary Ann Reid, a 71-year-old resident of John Fraser Hall in Turtle Creek, had her wish for a lift chair granted August 1st. Reid recently returned to her apartment after spending several months in the hospital and rehabilitation. She lives alone and has medical issues that limit her mobility, making it difficult for her to remain independent. Reid's service coordinator, Melissa Allenbaugh, submitted the wish on her behalf, requesting an electric lift chair that will make it easier for her to get up and out of her chair more frequently. Special thanks to Christine McGuire, lead on this wish, pictured presenting Reid with her wish certificate. Also a big thank you to the Wexford Office of Home Helpers and Cedars Senior Living and Home Health Services for helping to grant this wish.