Fulfilled Wishes

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.

Tuesday
Aug152017

Stevie M., 72, Valparaiso, IN

Stevie McMeans, 72, recently had his wish to see KISS in concert granted, thanks to a partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Stevie, a resident of Valparaiso Care & Rehabilitation Center, is a huge KISS fan. His greatest joy in life is listening to KISS songs and his room is decorated with posters and memorabilia. Stevie is very involved in activities in his facility and  helps in the community with jobs sponsored through Opportunity Enterprises. Everyone at his facility was thrilled that his wish came true!

Monday
Aug142017

Mary Ann B., and Bernice K., Greensburg, PA

Mary Ann Baker and Bernice Kirk recently had their wish to visit the Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Mary Ann and Bernice are roommates and great friends who share a love of gardening and an interest in dinosaurs. Mary Ann, 74, is a member of the Rosary Group and helps out with bingo and Bernice, 68, started a stroke support roup at Westmoreland Manor. Their wish was granted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

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.