Fulfilled Wishes

Tuesday
Dec122017

Josephine L., 89, Warminster, PA

Josephine Larson, 89, a resident of Ann's Choice in Warminster, PA, recently had her wish to attend the Army-Navy game granted, thanks to Twilight Wish, Valley Forge Military Academy, Paul Mango, Comcast, Travis Manion Foundation and Compassus. The 9th of ten children, Josephine served for four years as a hospital corpsman. Her last year served was during the Korean War.  When asked about her service, Larson says it was "the best four years of her life," as she learned new skills and gained self-confidence.  After her discharge, she married and raised three children with her husband, now deceased. Josephine and her friend, Paul Owens, also a Navy veteran, were thrilled to attend their first ever Army-Navy game on December 9, 2017. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

Jim K., 96, Philadelphia, PA

First Class Petty Officer Jim Kelly, who served during World War II, had his wish to attend the 118th Army-Navy game in Philadelphia granted, thanks to Twilight Wish, Valley Forge Military Academy, Paul Mango, Comcast, Travis Manion Foundation and Compassus. The last time Jim, now 96, attended the iconic game was when he was 16 and selling candy bars to servicemen at the game, 80 years ago. Although he lived in Philadelphia most of his life, he never had the opportunity to go again until this year. Jim is a proud graduate of Roman Catholic High School and recently received the award for oldest living veteran at a recent reunion. After graduating, Jim enlisted in the Navy and served as an Aerographer's Mate. His wish was granted on December 9th, 2017. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

Vivian S., Irwin, PA

Vivian Spiker's simple wish for a lift chair was recently granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Vivian is trying to remain independent and mobile while undergoing treatment for cancer, but is having difficulty getting up out of her chair. Having her wish for a lift chair granted will greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to continue living on her own. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

Betty O., 83, Indianapolis, IN

Betty Ottinger, a resident of Rosegate Healthcare in Indianapolis, had her wish to see the Nutcracker performed granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Betty, 83, has always dreamed of seeing the Nutcracker performed, but never had the chance. One of her most prized possessions is a music box that has several scenes from the Nutcracker on it. It was one of the last gifts her late husband gave her and is in her room at the nursing facility. Betty volunteered in her church’s Good Shepherd’s Community cooking and serving food to the homeless. Her wish was granted on Sunday, November 26th when she attended the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Murat Theatre.

Tuesday
Dec122017

Jack W., 71, Lebanon, IN

Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted Jack's wish for an Amazon Echo, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communities. Jack is struggling with a visual impairment that greatly affects his ability to be independent. The Echo will allow him to play music, send and receive messages, get information, receive news, enjoy audio books and control lighting and thermostat in his home, greatly improving his quality of life. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

David T., 69, Indianapolis, IN

Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted David's special wish to reunite with his sister who he hadn't seen in over 30 years. His sister lives in New York and and her health is quickly declining, making it impossible for her to travel. David  and his sister were very close growing up and he wished to see her again before it was too late. An Army veteran, David is a pastor in his church and also volunteers in the food pantry. His wish was granted, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communties.  Pictured is David with his wish nominator, Valerie Moore. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

Rosemary K., 70, Ligonier, PA

Our Westmoreland County chapter recently granted Rosemary's simple wish for a lift chair. Rosemary, 70, is undergoing treatment for cancer and having a lift chair will make it easier for her to get up to use her walker. She lives on her own and having her wish granted will definitely improve her quality of life. Rosemary volunteered for the Ligonier art club, serving as their secretary for over 30 years. 

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.