Fulfilled Wishes

Tuesday
Jul112017

Jonathan H., 80, Doylestown, PA

Jonathan Hilson, a resident of Doylestown Care & Rehabilitation Center recently had his wish to go to a Phillies game granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Jonathan, 80, is terminally ill and rarely leaves his facility. In his younger years, he played varsity baseball at Syracuse University and worked as sports director of the campus radio station there, WAER-FM. After graduation, Jonathan enlisted in the Marines and played for the Parris Island baseball team. Following his honorable discharge, he began a long career in television broadcasting as an editor, writer and cameraman. He retired in 2010 after his wife passed away. Thank you to the Philadelphia Phillies who provided the tickets and surprised Jonathan with a gift bag of Phillies items including a shirt that acknowledged his military service during the game on June 22nd.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Joan LaMarra, 78, Highland, MI

Joan LaMarra, resident of Highland, Michigan, had her wish for hearing aids granted on June 19th, 2017 thanks to our Michigan chapter and Huron Valley Hearing of Highland. Joan, 78, developed tinnitus after a fall in 1996 that has worsened over the years. As a result, she struggles to hear others, especially in crowded areas and can no longer volunteer as she cannot hear what others are saying. She desperately needed hearing aids, but couldn't afford them on her own. As a former beauty parlor owner, she volunteered at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in the burn unit, working with patients with scarring and hair loss. In the past, LaMarra has donated her services to “Look Good, Feel Better”, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of cancer treatment patients. Her role was to measure women for wigs and teach patients how to care for them. In addition to this service, LaMarra volunteered for the VFW 1518 Ladies Auxiliary of Gaylord for six years. Thanks to the generosity of Huron Valley Hearing of Highland, MI her wish will come true. Huron Valley Hearing donated refurbished, top-end hearing aids, cleaning tools, batteries, a fitting and three post visit services as well as a TV streaming device and a Bluetooth phone device. In addition; ReSound, the manufacturer of the hearing aids and devices donated an extra year of warranty for each device so they can be serviced by the manufacturer if needed.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Phyllis G., 95, Fairfax, CA

Phyllis Gould, 95, a resident of Fairfax, California,  had her wish to attend the annual American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) reunion granted, thanks to several generous donors.  During WWII, Phyllis worked as a welder at the Kaiser-Richmond shipyards, helping to build Liberty and Victory ships. She and fellow Rosie, Mae Krier of Levittown, PA, were instrumental in getting lawmakers to pass a resolution designating March 21, 2017 as ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day,’ a national day of recognition for the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during WWII.  These women joined the workforce in increasing numbers and took on roles previously held by men during the war. The two women have worked tirelessly over the past eight years, contacting politicians and media outlets seeking this much-deserved recognition. Phyllis could not afford the cost of the trip from her home in California to the reunion in Kansas City, Missouri so she turned to national nonprofit Twilight Wish, who two years prior, had granted Mae's wish to do the same. Her wish was granted in early June 2017. Phyllis is in the top row, fifth from the left.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Georgia R., North Huntingdon, PA

Georgia Richardson, a resident of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish to for a copy of "Gone with the Wind" granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Georgia was a librarian for many years. She never married and now lives in a nursing facility and has very little visitors. Georgia was nominated by her social worker who thought that having her wish granted would lift her spirits and make her feel less lonely. Our Westmoreland County chapter surprised Georgia with several books, including her favorite, "Gone with the Wind," as well as lunch out at a local restaurant on May 29, 2017.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Patricia A., 82, Barstow, CA

Patricia Archibeque, 82, a resident of Barstow, California recently had her wish for new skirting for her mobile home granted, thanks to our Barstow chapter. Patricia lives alone in a mobile home and the skirting around the bottom of the trailer was crumbling. The skirting is needed to keep debris and small animals from getting under her home, but Patricia couldn't afford it on her fixed income. Thanks to our Barstow chapter, her wish was granted in late May 2017.

Tuesday
Jul112017

Guilana B., 66, Barstow. CA

Guilana Bender, 66, a resident of Barstow, California, recently had her wish to visit her dying brother one more time granted by our Barstow, CA chapter. Guilana's brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in February and only given a few months to live. She wished to visit him one more time, but couldn't afford it on her own. Thanks to our Barstow chapter, her poignant wish was granted in late May.

Friday
May262017

Catherine G., 66, Clark, NJ

Catherine Green, 66, a resident of Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clark, New Jersey, had her wish to visit the Bronx Zoo granted, thanks to Our New Jersey chapter.  Catherine’s passion is spending time with horses and other animals. As a teenager, she worked with and rode horses. One of her favorite things to do now is drawing animals from photographs.  Catherine was nominated by the administrator of her facility, Gary Santo who wrote that she is a very special resident who is kind and loving to all who meet her. Before moving into the facility, Catherine was very involved in her church, Holy Trinity, and worked in the rectory there.  Her wish came true on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 when she visited the Bronx Zoo with her former neighbor and volunteer at her facility, Joan Brennan.

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.