Fulfilled Wishes

Tuesday
Aug112015

Meda D., 92, Lee, NH

Lee resident Meda Durepo recently had her wish to meet Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, thanks to the New Hampshire chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Durepo has been an avid Boston Red Sox fan for her whole life and her favorite player is second baseman Dustin Pedroia. She watches every game on television, but had never been to a game in person. For her 92nd birthday, her daughter, Cheryl Geddo, bought seats right above the Red Sox bullpen, but wanted to make her birthday extra special by having her meet Pedroia. She submitted a wish application to Twilight Wish who, in turn, contacted the Red Sox. The Red Sox went above and beyond in granting this wish: Durepo was given a tour of Fenway and attended batting practice where she was given a ball and bat. Then, Pedroia came over and introduced himself to Durepo and signed her ball. The Red Sox also wished her a happy birthday on the scoreboard during the 5th inning!

Having her wish granted meant the world to Durepo who lost her son in 2013 and her husband of 65 years in 2014. She is known to all who know her as a very giving person who puts others first. She has been the president of the Lee Church Women’s Guild for over 40 years. Durepo has also been a volunteer for the Red Cross for many years and still volunteers her time for their blood drives.

Tuesday
Aug112015

Fred W., 86, Brownsburg, IN

Fred Wessels, a resident of Brownsburg Meadows in Brownsburg, Indiana, had his wish to attend an Indianapolis Indians baseball game with his friends granted, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana chapter of  Twilight Wish Foundation and American Senior Communities.   A Korean War veteran, Wessels is a lifelong baseball fan who played catcher on his high school team and later coached Little League for years. Before becoming a resident of Brownsburg Meadows, Wessels and his daughter attended Indians games with his daughter. Now 86, he wished to go to one more game with his friends. Wessels, along with family and friends, attended the July 5th Indians game in a box suite.

Tuesday
Aug112015

Ella P., 78, Jeannette, PA

Ella Powell, a resident of Jeannette, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Ella worked her whole life in factories and also found time to volunteer in her community food bank and soup kitchen. She has severe arthritis and her new lift chair will allow her to get up from a sitting position on her own.

Thursday
Jul022015

Patricia G., 96, Greensburg, PA

Patricia Glasser, a 96-year-old resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had her wish to ride a horse one more time granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of  Twilight Wish Foundation.  Glasser and her husband owned horses for years until he became ill. When he needed his leg amputated, she gave up the horses she loved so she could devote all her time to his care. Her husband passed away three years ago and the rest of her family lives in Texas so she has no one who can take her to a stable to ride.  The activities director at her facility, who nominated Glasser, wrote “Pat is still so passionate about horses and being able to ride again would mean the world to her.”  Her wish was granted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Glasser was treated to a lunch at Cracker Barrel with Twilight Wish volunteers and then headed to Bogley Quarter Horses in Wyano where Glasser was able to ride a horse again.  

Thursday
Jul022015

Mae K., 89, Levittown, PA

Mae Krier, one of the original Rosie the Riveters from World War II, recently had her wish to travel to the American Rosie the Riveter Association's convention in Richmond, CA. 

Krier, 89, is one of the original “Rosie the Riveter’s of World War II. In 1943, after just graduating from high school in North Dakota, Krier and her family moved to Seattle for war work. At the young age of 17, she got a job working on B-17s and B-29s for Boeing in Seattle. One of her proudest memories is helping to build the 5 Grand, the 5,000th B-17 made by Boeing after Pearl Harbor. Krier, still a teenager at the time, and her co-workers painted their names on her fuselage. They were so proud of their hard work they pushed the plane out of the factory door onto the tarmac themselves. The 5 Grand passed inspection despite its lack of camouflage; the U.S. Army Air Corps made an exception thinking that the autographed plane would be good for morale. Krier kept track of the plane carrying her rivets as it flew 78 missions over Europe, shooting down two Nazi planes.

While in Seattle, Krier met her husband, Norm, a Navy man on the dance floor at the Service Man’s Center there.  They married din April of 1945, just before the war ended and were married for 69 years until his passing in June of 2014. Shortly after they married, Norm was transferred to the naval air station in Pasco, Washington. Krier got a job at the base packing supplies to be sent overseas and worked alongside Italian prisoners of war who were interned at the base. 

The ARRA reunion was held in Richmond, California and lasted for three days. Krier had a wonderful time and had the opportunity to exchange war stories with fellow “Rosies.” She meets regularly with other Rosies in the Philadelphia area and maintains contact with some from far-away places. After the convention, she added a few more to her list 

 

Thursday
Jun252015

Weikko T., 90, Orange, CA

"Toss" Weikko  Tossavainen, 90, had his wish to enjoy a belated birthday dinner at the Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach granted, thanks to the Southern California chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Tossavainen, a World War II veteran, is Finnish and very proud of his roots.  He had hoped to celebrate his 90th birthday on January 11th  at the Selanne Steak Tavern which is owned by Teemu Selanne, former NHL star, known as “the Finnish Flash,” but wasn’t able to get there on his own. Tossavainen is the sole caregiver for his wife and having his wish granted meant a great deal to him. Co-chapter directors Crista Sullivan and Kelly Shemonis accompanied Tossavainen and his wife to dinner where they enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Special thanks to the Selanne Steak Tavern for covering the cost of the group's dinner.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Elsie W., 86, Vauxhall, NJ

Elsie Williams, a resident of South Mountain Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Vauxhall, New Jersey, is having her wish to learn how to read granted. Williams, 86, enjoys looking at magazines in her room, but cannot read them. She wishes to learn how to read so that she can enjoy books and magazines and participate in more activities in her nursing facility. This simple wish for something that most people take for granted will open up the world for Williams. Thanks to volunteer tutor Cheryl Ricei, Williams’ wish to learn how to read is being granted!

Tuesday
Jun162015

Virt H., 77, Shillington, PA

Twilight Wish was privileged to grant Virt's wish to honor his deceased brother, a WWII veteran, by taking his ashes up in a B-17 to release them. Virt's brother, Vern, was a radio operator and top turret gunner in a B-17 during WWII. According to Virt, his brother was so proud of his service that his dying wish was to take one last flight in a B-17 bomber.  Virt's wish took place during the recent WWII show at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA.

Tuesday
Jun162015

William Z., Cottage Grove, WI

Bill Zitnick, a resident of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, hd his poignant wish for a last vacation with his family granted recently. Zitnick, an Army veteran, loves nature and wildlife and was an avid outdoorsman before he became sick. His family has always been very important to him and he always put the needs of them first. Now in hospice care, he wishes for one last vacation with his wife, his three daughters and his grandchildren. Because of his medical and financial limitations, he and his wife could not afford the cost of the vacation on their own. Thanks to funding received from Volpe & Koenig, P.C.’s IPromise Charitable Giving Fund, Zitnick’s wish for a last family vacation was granted by Twilight Wish when he and his family spent a week at Evergreen Lodge in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Andrew B., 74, Southampton, PA

Thank you to the Philadelphia Phillies for helping to grant Andrew's last wish to go to a Phillies game with his family. Andrew, who is 74 and a Veteran, has ALS and is in hospice care. He, his wife, their two daughters and their husbands enjoyed a wonderful day at the ballpark on May 14, 2015.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Residents of James J. Wilson Mercy-Douglass, Philadelphia, PA

Twilight Wish recently partnered with Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses' Association (GAPNA) to grant the simple needs wishes of 60 residents of the James J. Wilson Mercy-Douglass facility in Philadelphia, PA.  GAPNA members donated items such as toiletries, coffee, and socks during their pharmacological conference in March in Philadelphia. Twilight Wish staff and GAPNA staff and members delivered gift bags with simple needs items to the 60 low-income residents on May 7, 2015.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Carol R., Telford, PA

Carol Ring, a resident of Grundy Manor in Telford, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish to travel to Las Vegas to see her great-niece and great-nephew's graduations granted.  Years ago, Carol helped her niece, a single mother, by providing emotional and caregiving support to her and her three young children. Thanks to Carol's support, her niece was able to graduate from college and become a teacher while a single parent. Carol had not been able to see them for several years and wished to travel to Las Vegas to see their graduations from nursing school and high school.

Thursday
Apr302015

Marlene O., 73, North Braddock, PA

Marlene Otterman, a 73 year-old resident of North Braddock, PA, had her wish for a new twin mattress and box spring granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation and Mattress Firm. Otterman, who lives in low-income senior housing, had used the same old twin bed since she was a child. The mattress is in such bad condition that she could no longer sleep on it and had been sleeping in a chair instead.  Because she lives on a fixed income, Otterman could not afford the cost of a new mattress on her own. She has given back to others throughout her life, including teaching bible study at Shady Park Place for the past eight years.  Her wish came true during a presentation on Tuesday, April 28th at Mattress Firm in Monroeville. This wish was granted thanks to the generosity of Mattress Firm who donated the mattress and box spring and Speedy Furniture who donated the headboard and nightstand.

Thursday
Apr162015

Myra B., 69, North Wales, PA

Myra Bernstein, 69, is a longtime resident of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, PA. Myra is disabled and unable to walk, but is a vibrant member of her community, particpating in their glee club, art classes, and exercise programs. She also contributes her literary talents to enrich others' lives, according to her social worker, Marilyn Frazier. Her seven year-old power chair recently broke and the cost to fix it was essentially the cost of a new chair. Because of her financial situation, she couldn't afford the cost of a new chair on her own. This wish was granted thanks to two people: our Long Island, NY chapter director, James Ciervo, and donor Tracy Frederick, who donated her father's gently used power chair after he passed away. A huge thank you also to James for driving the power chair down to Myra's nursing facility in Pennsylvania from his home in New York. Pictured: James Ciervo with Myra.

Thursday
Apr162015

Theo M., 75, Washington, PA

Theo Mechtawi, a 76 year-old resident of Washington, PA, had his wish for a face-to-face communicator granted, thanks to several generous donors. Mechtawi became completely deaf two years ago and, because he doesn’t sign, his only way of communicating is using a dry-erase board.  This difficulty in communicating with others has changed him from a very social person who taught at the college level to an isolated, depressed person. Because he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford the cost of the face-to-face communicator on his own.  Mechtawi fled from his home in Beirut, Lebanon in the mid-1980s, leaving behind his business and all he knew to save his life. He became a U.S. citizen and worked in the electronics field for years. Mechtawi has also given to others throughout his life; he “adopted” a single mother and her son here in America and has helped them for years, providing food, clothing, support and love, asking nothing in return. His wish came true during a presentation on Monday, April 6th at Senior Life in Washington.  Special thanks to sComm for discounting the cost of the device.

Thursday
Apr162015

Ernest L., 75, East Orange, NJ

Ernest Lopez, 74, and his wife are both disabled and live in an assisted living facility in East Orange, New Jersey. Lopez is a talented artist, but wishes to improve his drawing skills by taking classes at Arts Unbound, a special art program for people with disabilities.  His goal is to become a better artist so that his art can be exhibited.  His wish to take art lessons was granted thanks to the generosity of the students of University of Nevada, Reno and several other donors.

Thursday
Feb262015

Guenther V., 84, Tucson, AZ

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

Thursday
Jan292015

Wanda W., 73, Erie, PA

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. 

Thursday
Jan292015

Louise M., 97, Newark, DE

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.

Tuesday
Jan202015

Robert R., 68, Doylestown, PA

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.