Fulfilled Wishes

Tuesday
May232017

Lizzie R., 88, Horsham, PA

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rocco had her wish to paint part of a mural granted on Tuesday, May 16th.  Since moving to Luther Woods Nursing Home last September, Lizzie has come out of her shell and become very involved in all the art programs and classes there. She is a talented artist who loves to paint and enjoys helping others in the classes with their projects. Her wish to help paint on a mural came true as part of our inaugural Week of Wishes, a national wish granting event. Lizzie helped paint a mural on canvas at Mural Arts Philadelphia and then it was off to South Philly where she enjoyed a cheesesteak at Pat’s Steaks with her son and daughter. This wish was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Optum of Horsham. Special thanks also to Mural Arts Philadelphia and Pat's King of Steaks for making this wish so special.

Tuesday
May232017

Theresia B., 105, Oakdale, PA

Theresia Brandl, 105, a resident of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, had her lifelong wish to finally receive her high school diploma granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Theresia has always regretted that she never graduated from high school. She attended Stowe Township High School, but left before she graduated in order to help take care of her family.  Theresia received her diploma during a wonderful graduation celebration in her nursing facility complete with cap and gown on Wednesday, May 17th.

Tuesday
May232017

Beatrice M., 93, Erie, PA

Beatrice Miller, a resident of Erie, had her wish to visit the graves of her son and daughter and put daffodils on them granted, thanks to our Erie, PA chapter. Beatrice, 93, does not leave her apartment much so being able to get out for the day and visit her children’s graves meant so much to her. As part of her wish, Beatrice also enjoyed a drive and then lunch at a Chinese restaurant, a big treat for her. She is very deserving and worked as a secretary for Henderson United Methodist church for 11 years. Her wish was granted as part of our “Week of Wishes,” a national wish granting event.

Tuesday
May232017

Sandra P., Washington, PA

Our Washington County, PA chapter recently granted Sandra's simple wish for a new outfit and dinner at Red Lobster. In addition to going shopping at Kohl's for new clothing, they surprised Sandra with a makeover before taking her to a special dinner at Red Lobster. Sandra lives in a nursing facility and is very grateful for the smallest kindnesses.  Her wish was granted  on Monday, May 15th during Week of Wishes.

Tuesday
May232017

Albert T., 65, Reno, NV

Thanks to the generous students of the University of Nevada at Reno, we were able to grant Albert Thompson's simple wish for a bed. Albert hasn't had a bed since he moved from Chicago to Reno in 2015. He is currently a deacon in his church and involved with the church food distribution and senior club programs. Albert is also currently finishing an employment training program and is seeking placement. His wish was granted on May 12th when he received a king size bed and bedding.  

Tuesday
May232017

Ward M., Scottdale, PA

Ward Miller's simple wish for a new lift chair was recently granted by our Westmoreland County chapter during our first annual Week of Wishes. Ward broke his right leg last November and worked hard to be released from a rehab center and able walk again with a walker. His lift chair at home no longer works and, without it, Ward can only sit on a kitchen chair or on his bed. Receiving his new lift chair will allow Ward to maintain his independence.

Wednesday
Apr262017

David G., 69, Springfield, TN

Vietnam Veteran David Guevara, 69, a resident of Springfield, Tennessee, had his wish to reunite with his seven siblings who live in La Feria, Texas granted recently. David and his wife, Mary, traveled from their home in Tennessee to La Feria in April to spend Easter with his family. The Guevaras have not been able to afford the cost to travel to Texas since he retired in 2008. They are both pastors who have operated a community service ministry that targets low-income families for over 30 years. In addition, they also started a food pantry in their church. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, his wish came true.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Joyce A., 70, Tucson, AZ

Joyce Adkins, 70, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter. Joyce has arthrititis and chronic pain and her old bed sags and causes even more back pain. She is very sensitive to chemicals, including the ones used in most mattresses and needed one without them. Having her wish granted will greatly improve Joyce's quality of life.

Tuesday
Mar212017

William C., Pittsburgh, PA

William Carthon recently had his wish for an electric wheelchair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. William is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country proud. He is an active member of the Hill House Association Senior Center as well as a active volunteer within the community. William wanted to continue his service but was having trouble moving around. He asked for an electric wheelchair to assist him around his local community. David Dietrich with At Home Senior Services worked diligently to fulfill his wish. David received a wheelchair donation from a donor that wishes to remain anonymous. William was truly blown away. He was shedding tears of joy as he whipped around in his fast new wheels! Thank you to the Hill House Association for their support fof many seniors in the community.

Tuesday
Mar072017

Michael M., Greensburg, PA

Our Westmoreland County chapter recently granted Michael Moore's wish to go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game. Moore has had cerebral palsy since he was nine months old and is a permanent resident of a nursing facility. He is a faithful Penguins fan, but was never able to attend a sporting event. Michael is known in his facility for his positive outlook, kindness to others and big smile. Although he is younger than our usual recipients, he qualified for a wish because he lives permanently in a nursing facility. Members of our Westmoreland County chapter surprised him at his facility with Penguins merchandise and tickets for him and his mom for the game on March 3rd.

Tuesday
Mar072017

Nelson H., West Huntingdon, PA

Our Westmoreland County chapter recently surprised Nelson Heckman with a birthday celebration. Nelson has been a resident of his nursing facility for over five years and always makes sure to remember staff and friends' birthdays. His own birthday is February 28th and he always wants to celebrate his birthday, but his family never visits him. Westmoreland County chapter members made sure that this year's birthday was a special one by treating him to a celebration at Eat'n Park.

Tuesday
Mar072017

Edward S., 68, Washington, PA

Edward Swarm, 68, a resident of Washington, Pennsylvania, had his simple wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Washington County chapter. Swarm has many medical issues and struggles to get out of a regular chair. Having a reclining lift chair, will allow him to remain somewhat independent. Swarm worked several jobs: he was an electrician and drove both a school bus and 25-passenger van while helping his wife raise their three daughters. Because he and his wife live on a fixed income, they cannot afford the lift chair on their own. Thanks to National Wellness Supply who generously discounted the cost of the lift chair, his wish was granted on Monday, February 27th.  Thanks also to Transitions Healthcare in Washington for providing a special lunch for this wish granting ceremony. 

Tuesday
Mar072017

Henry F., 72, Butler, PA

Our Butler County chapter recently granted Henry Fowler's wish to visit his son in prison. Henry, 72, has not been able to see his son in over four years and wished for transportation to Erie to see him. This simple wish was granted on February 24, 2017.

Thursday
Feb232017

Gwen N., 79, Milford, MI

Gwen Niemisto, 79, suffers from hearing loss and, unfortunately, her older hearing aids are no longer working.  Because Medicare no longer covers hearing aids and the deductible is so large, she cannot afford to replace them on her own. Niemisto is very deserving, having been a caregiver for both her mother and her aunt until they passed away. In addition, she was the Membership Chair for the Michigan Button Society for ten years and was the Ad Chair for the National Button Society for four years.

Her wish was granted on Friday, February 17, 2017 during a short ceremony at Alliance Hearing Care’s offices in Waterford.  Alliance Hearing Care donated all their services and new hearing aids to Finnigan. Chapter director Jessica Schluckebier presented Niemisto with a certificate honoring her for all she has done for others throughout her life.

Thursday
Feb232017

Grundy Hall Residents, Doylestown, PA

Twilight Wish Foundation recently granted the wish of a group of artists at Grundy Hall in Doylestown. Twice a month, the art class at Grundy Hall meets to learn new techniques and work on projects together. Grundy Hall is subsidized senior housing and the residents there live on fixed incomes. They needed a cabinet to safely store their supplies, but couldn’t afford it on their own. Thanks to a very generous donor, their wish for a new cabinet and art supplies was granted during their meeting on Friday, February 3rd

Thursday
Feb232017

Marion R., 78, Perth Amboy, NJ

Marion Rosa, 78, had her wish to see Jersey Boys on Broadway granted, thanks to our New Jersey chapter. Marion was involved in the theater for many years. Even after becoming ill and moving into an elder care facility, she is involved in the drama club there.  In addtion, she helps put together craft projects, bakes and helps out with sales for the Resident Council. Marion is currently the recording secretary of the Resident Council there. Her wish was granted on December 14th when she and a companion enjoyed Jersey Boys on Broadway!

Thursday
Jan262017

Vern B., 72, Erie, PA

Vern Baldwin, 72, a resident of Erie, PA, recently had his wish for a security camera for his home granted, thanks to our Erie, PA chapter. Vern is battling cancer and is often home alone while his wife works at Walmart. There have been several break-ins in his neighborhood and he was concerned about his and his wife's safety. Vern was a volunteer firefighter for  the Lake City Fire Department for nine years and is a longtime member of Saint Peter & Saint Paul's Church in Crossingville. Having his wish granted will give him peace of mind. 

Tuesday
Dec202016

Residents of Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor, Jenkintown, PA

Twilight Wish Foundation, in partnership with students from Cristo Rey High School, granted the wish of the residents of St. Joseph’s Manor for six Samsung tablets. The students held several fundraisers this fall to raise money for these tablets. And, thanks to funding received from the Kistler-Tiffany Foundation, Twilight Wish was able to provide the additional funds needed to purchase the six tablets which were delivered by the students on December 15, 2016. Many of the residents of St. Joseph’s Manor have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or dementia and tablets have been proven to be helpful in getting these patients to engage by playing music, videos and games on them. Higher functioning patients can play games like bingo or create art on them. Having the tablets will improve the quality of life for many of these residents. Students from Cristo Rey delivered the tablets on Thursday, December 15th, in time for Christmas and helped the residents learn how to use them.

Tuesday
Dec202016

Luther Woods Residents, Hatboro, PA

Thanks to the generosity of employees from Horsham-based Optum, we were able to grant the simple needs wishes of thirteen residents at Luther Woods in Hatboro.  As part of Optum’s community outreach efforts, employees in their Horsham office helped to brighten the holidays for these residents by granting their wishes for simple items such as sweaters, stuffed animals and even a life-size cardboard cutout of John Travolta.  Optum employees  visited Luther Woods and distributed the holiday gifts to the residents on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. 

Tuesday
Dec132016

Kenneth S., 78, Avalon, PA

Kenneth Sible, a resident of Avalon, Pennsylvania, had his simple wish for a new suit granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter.   Ken, 78, lives in a local senior living community. He is very involved in the local communities of Bellevue and Avalon. Throughout most of his life, Ken has provided prison ministry to inmates in local prisons. He also advocates for fair treatment on behalf of those past and presently in the prison correctional system. In addition, every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Ken takes what little income he has and purchases several turkeys which he donates to local churches for families in need. He also helps prepare and serve holiday meals at an area church for community members who have nowhere to go during the holidays. He wished for a new suit so that he is taken seriously when meeting with local politicians and community leaders. The Allegheny County chapter surprised him with a shopping trip at the Men’s Wearhouse in the Ross Park Mall on Wednesday, December 7th. Special thanks to Men's Wearhouse for discounting the clothing purchased.