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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twilight Wish Foundation, in partnership with the Central Bucks Rotary’s Rotabuild program, The Home Depot Foundation and Provident Foundation, recently granted the wish of Leo and Joann McHugh to have a walkway and ramp built on their home. The completion of the project was celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the McHugh’s home in Doylestown borough on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
The McHughs live in a home that has a very steep incline from the back door to the alley where they keep their car. Joann is currently being treated for ovarian cancer and has trouble walking, using a walker to get around. It was extremely difficult for her to navigate the sloped yard, especially in inclement weather. She was a teacher for many years and currently volunteers for the Vietnam Veterans of America. In the past, she also worked with Rolling Thunder to account for POW and MIA service people. Leo is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army and has also been very involved in the community. He helped start a support group for families of service personnel from Willow Grove Air Base during Operation Desert Storm which led to the formation of United Veterans of Doylestown. In addition, Leo volunteered at the Bucks County Prison for eight years, helping incarcerated veterans.
Many community members also contributed to this wish including: Raphael Architects of Doylestown who developed the plans for the walkway and deck; Ernst Brothers Designers and Builders of Spring House who constructed the deck and bridge to walkway free of charge; Techo-Bloc of Pen Argyl who donated the walkway material and the installation; Phillips Contracting of Chalfont who provided the walkway excavation free of charge; and Stone Depot of Perkasie who discounted the cost of supplies and provided free delivery. In addition, funding from The Home Depot Foundation, Provident Foundation and the Central Bucks Detachment #636 Marine Corps League also made this wish possible.
Horace Hoilman, 90, a resident of Bakersville, North Carolina, recently had his simple wish for a lift chair granted. Horace lives alone and is housebound. His life centers around his chair where he frequently spend the night because it's so difficult for him to stand up from his old chair. He was nominated by his hospice worker who wrote that his old chair had no more cushion left in it and he was literally sitting on the wooden frame. Horace served in both the Navy and the Army. He was actually on board a naval ship that was patrolling the waters surrounding Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped during WWII. We were so glad to be able to grant this simple wish for such a deserving man. This will make such a difference in his quality of life.
Katherine Rapp, 74, a resident of Butler, PA, recently had her wish for a computer, desk and webcam granted, thanks to our Butler County chapter. Katherine does not have family living nearby and her main contact with family and friends is via the internet. She wished for a desktop computer with a webcam so that she could skype with her family. Katherine worked at Butler Memorial Hospital and Butler County Courthouse for years. Her wish was granted on November 21st by our Butler County chapter.
Shirley Calabria, 85, a resident of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, had her very simple wish for a Giant Eagle gift card granted, thanks to our Washington County chapter. Shirley is a widow who lives on a very fixed income. The Giant Eagle card will assist with co-pays on her prescription medicines. Shirley and her husband, Donald, were very active in their community before he passed away in 2009. They spent many years conducting Bible study at the Mel Blount Youth Home. And, in addition to raising their own five children, they fostered 22 babies from Bethany until they could be adopted. Her simple wish was granted during a ceremony also attended by her son and daughter-in-law on November 20th.
Jim Fouratt, 75, a resident of New York City, had his simple wish for a new bicycle granted, thanks to the New York chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Jim relies on his bike to navigate the city, to get to his doctor appointments and as a way to keep fit. Recently, his bike was stolen and, because he lives on a fixed income, he couldn't afford to replace it on his own. Jim has a long history of community involvement in many issues including the anti-war movement and the gay liberation movement. He was nominated by his social worker who wrote that “a new bicycle is a vital necessity that will also help revitalize his spirit.” His wish was granted on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
John McCabe, 84, a resident of Westhampton, NY, had his wish for an electric wheelchair granted, thanks to our New York chapter. John, a permanent resident of Westhampton Care Center, wished for an electric wheelchair which will allow him to navigate on his own and maintain some independence. It will also give him the freedom to leave the facility and take part in activities that he currently cannot do because he has to rely on others to get around. John served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War on the USS Vance. In addition, he gave generously of his time, talents and resources to many in the community throughout his lifetime. He is a 50-year member of the Riverhead Lions Club, served on the board of directors for Riverhead Library and is past president of Foxwood Village in Calverton. In addition, he was very involved in St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, serving as lector and Eucharistic minister. His wish was granted on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Mary Jane Bishop, a resident of Speedway, Indiana had her wish for a yard makeover granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Mary, 80, and her husband always took great pride in maintaining a beautiful yard. Sadly, her husband of 60 years recently passed away and she is physically unable to maintain her yard anymore on her own. Mary has been very involved in her community for years, volunteering with the Indy Crop Walk, her local PTA, Dellwood Day Camp and Church World Service. In addition, she served on the board and assisted with implementing a children’s program at Speedway Christian Church. Volunteers from the Indianapolis chapter of Twilight Wish gave her yard a much-needed sprucing up: they weeded the flowerbeds, raked alot of leaves, trimmed the bushes and decorated for Christmas. Thanks to Accurate Construction and Precision Painting, LLC for their generous donation towards this wish.