Alan Jefferson recently had his wish for new batteries for his power chair granted by our Tucson, Arizona chapter. Without his power chair, Jefferson was limited in his ability to get around his senior housing complex. Thanks to RxO2 Oxygen and Medical Equipment Supply Company who donated the batteries, Jefferson now has his independence and mobility back! Pictured: Alan with Rose Muzzy and Lisa Mach of the Tucson chapter.
Twilight Wish helped Jean Montgomery celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Golden LivingCenter in Doylestown. It was a wonderful day made even more special with all the beautiful birthday cards Jean received from well-wishers around the world!! She enjoyed three of her favorite things at the party: a hot dog, cake and a Budweiser!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a special day for a special lady.
Katharyn Reid, 84, has been an avid Eagles’ fan for decades, even painting her living room “Eagles’ Green.” This mother of eight, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother to 17, with one more great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild on the way, is well known in her family for her loyalty to her beloved Eagles. In fact, there is “no chit-chatting allowed” by her during the games. Sadly, Reid is battling brain cancer and currently undergoing chemotherapy. To boost her spirits, her daughter, Nancy Sherlock, submitted a wish request on her behalf, writing that a visit from a Philadelphia Eagles’ player would provide a much-needed respite from her medical treatments. When the Eagles heard of Reid’s story, they jumped at the chance to brighten this deserving senior’s day and arranged to have Eagles great Mike Quick and an Eagles’ cheerleader visit Reid and make her wish come true. The Eagles’ organization also arranged to have Jeremy Maclin record a special video message just for Reid which was shown to her that day. During the visit, Quick called his broadcasting partner, Merrill Reese, and put him on speaker so that Reid could talk to him. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike Quick for granting this special lady's wish!
Twilight Wish recently granted the wish of Paul Storm, 69, an avid fan of Nascar and the New York Giants and Mets. Storm served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and, upon returning home, remained involved by being a commander and active member of his local VFW. Until his recent diagnosis of terminal cancer, Storm worked in maintenance at Lafayette College for over 30 years. While he and his wife never had children of their own, the students at Lafayette became like his children. To boost his spirits, his social worker, Joanne Kozak, submitted a wish request on his behalf, writing that a visit from a New York Giants’ player would boost his spirits and give him something to look forward to. Although we weren't able to arrange a visit, Giants rookie Justin Pugh videotaped a personal message to Storm and sent him an autographed pair of training gloves which Storm loved. Sadly, Storm passed away a few days after his wish was granted.
Theresa Souter, 81, recently had her simple wish for an "It's A Small World" doll granted by our Tucson chapter. Souter has always loved the Disneyland ride and wished for the British doll. With it's red hair, it reminded her of herself when she was younger!
Thanks to a very generous donor, the members of the St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly Bell Choir had their wish granted!
The members of the choir have lived their lives in support of their families, their churches and their communities. They have all made sacrifices to care for others and are residents at St. Joseph's Home due to their financial needs. The choir practices weekly and performs at many events. They do not get the chance to leave the home very often and wish to go as a group to see a show at their local playhouse and enjoy a lunch together. We need to raise $1,000 to cover the cost of this outing. Please donate today to help make their wish come true!
Judy Goyer, 69, is a resident of an assisted living facility in Tucson. With only one computer available for over 300 residents, Judy wished for her own laptop to keep in touch with family members and pursue her interests such as crocheting, bible studies, and learning more about the Native Americans of New Mexico and Arizona. Thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight wish, Judy's simple wish came true just in time for Christmas!
The residents at North Hills Highlands, Phase II in Pittsburgh, PA recently had their wish for a Wii game system granted, thanks to the Western Pennsylvania chapter of Twilight Wish.
Thanks to all those involved in this wish including Sue Crump the Service Coordinator at North Hills Highlands who nominated the group, volunteer Carla Matta who purchased the Wii, and Nicki Magill who got it set up and had the seniors bowling strikes!
Lorraine Blythe recently had her wish for a new mattress and box spring granted, thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Lorraine's old mattress was over 20 years old and was no longer comfortable, but she could not afford a new one on her fixed income. Rose Muzzy, chapter director, took Lorraine mattress shopping, then to Bed, Bath & Beyond to get new bedding and finally, out to lunch at On The Border.
Fanny Hughes, 84, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation and the generosity of HearWell Center of Forest Hills. Hughes, a resident of Lower Burrell, needed hearing aids, but couldn’t afford the cost on her fixed income. Thanks to Dr. Suzanne Yoder, audiologist and owner of HearWell Center who donated the cost of the hearing aids, Hughes’ wish came true. Her quality of life will now be greatly improved as Hughes can now talk on the phone, be a part of conversations and communicate more clearly. In her younger years, Hughes was very active in her family church, First Baptist Church in New Kensington, where she sang in the choir and was involved in the missionary program. When her health allows, Hughes still participates in a weekly bible study group at her senior housing complex. Pictured, Fanny Hughes with Dr. Suzanne Yoder.
Gilbert Tull, 73, a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, had his wish to meet his half-brother in person for the first time granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Tull, a widower with three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, was a chaplain in the Marine Corps. He still conducts bible study groups in his local V.A. hospital, nursing homes and public library. He is also very involved in his church, doing prayer ministry, singing in the choir and as a soloist. When Tull was a young boy, his parents divorced and his father moved to California, remarried and had another son. Although the two brothers talk frequently on the phone, they have never met in person. They met for the first time Monday, November 25, 2013 when younger brother Glen Tull traveled from his home in California to Shreveport, Louisiana to spend a week with his brother. Click here to read the full story in the Shreveport Times.
Wendell Gilbert, 84, a resident of Brevillier Village in Erie, Pennsylvania, had his wish to return to his hometown of Oil City and visit his parents’ grave granted, thanks to the Erie chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Gilbert has been a resident of Brevillier Village for the past 11 years and has always been an advocate for other residents. He grew up in Oil City and, although he never finished school because of his disability, enjoyed fixing things for his neighbors. When Gilbert was still in Oil City, he often visited his parents’ graves and made sure they were well-maintained. His wish to visit their gravesite at Sunset Memorial Gardens was granted on Friday, October 25, 2013. As part of his wish, Gilbert also visited with family and enjoyed lunch in Oil City.
Ted Trampenau, 94, a resident of Fairview, PA, recently had his wish to have his book published, thanks to the Erie chapter of Twilight Wish. Trampenau is a prolific writer who is very proud of the many storeis and poems he has written. Many of these are about his wife of 66 years and the wonderful life they had together until she passed away several years ago. Trampenau wished to have these writings published so that he could share them with his family and friends. His wife, Nancy, passed away in 2010 after spending three years at St. Mary's of Asbury Ridge. He was so appreciative of the care she received there that he volunteered at their gift shop two days a week for two years until his health no longer allowed him to volunteer. His wish was granted on Sunday, October 20th during a book signing ceremony of "My Nancy, My Life," attended by many of his family members at the Chestnut Street Apartments where he lives. Coincidentally, this senior independent living facility used to be a school where his wife once worked. What a fitting location for such a special wish granting! Pictured, from left: nominator Stephanie Garcie, Ted Trampenau, and Erie chapter co-directors Julie Hartmann and Brad Gleason.
Steven Korngut is a resident of Golden LivingCenters in Doylestown. An avid reader and writer, he spends his days writing in his journal and takes his writing very seriously. Due to his medical situation, he is unable to leave the facility to go to the library or book store and cannot use a computer to do research. His wish for a set of encyclopedias came true on Thursday, September 19, 2013 when Twilight Wish representatives delivered two donated sets of encyclopedias to the nursing facility. In addition, Patricia Gallagher, affectionately known as the “Flower Lady” delivered bouquets of flowers to the residents. Gallagher, a resident of Chalfont, collects day-old bouquets at area Trader Joe's locations and distributes them to nursing home residents. She has delivered over 3,200 bouquets since beginning her deliveries in May of 2013.
Viola Young, 86 and a resident of Harmony, PA, had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to the New Castle, PA/Youngstown, OH chaper of Twilight Wish. Pictured, from left: Nicole Widdowson, Community Relations Director for Avada; Dr. Paula Sandoe of Avada; Viola Young; her daughter, Betsy Simpson; and Twilight Wish chapter director, Tom Ford.
Bernadine Van Thiel finally had her wish to meet President Carter granted, thanks to our The Pacific Northwest Chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation! Bernadine and her daughter, Rita, traveled from Spokane, WA to Plains, GA in early September. They were given a personalized tour of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum and the Carter Center. On Sunday, they attended church services at Maranatha Baptist Church. While Bernadine was quietly sitting in her pew, President Carter snuck up behind her, tapped her on the shoulder, and then he and Mrs. Carter shook hands with her. Bernadine was so overwhelmed that she was practically in tears, not to mention speechless! They sat behind Bernadine and her daughter for the remainder of the Sunday services. After services were over, church members took several photos of Bernadine and Rita with President & Mrs. Carter. It was during this time that Bernadine was able to express her gratitude to the Carters for all they have done over the years.