Fulfilled Wishes

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William R., 68, Birmingham, AL

William Ruff, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, recently had his wish for a desktop computer granted, thanks to our Alabama chapter under the direction of Jim Elrod. Ruff, 68, has two passions in life: creating music and his involvement in the local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ruff is very involved in NAMI as a peer specialist and volunteer fundraiser. He is very passionate about ensuring that people with mental illness receive excellent care as well as support in the community. The computer will enable him to put in more hours as a volunteer fundraiser for NAMI. In addition, Ruff enjoys writing music and lyrics. He often collaborates with a friend in Floriday who also creates music and lyrics. The computer will allow the two of them to continue to develop/create together through the internet, face time and skype. Chapter director Jim Elrod delivered the new desktop computer to Ruff on October 11, 2016.


Johnny C., 69, Birmingham, AL

Johnny Carlisle, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, recently had his wish for a lift chair granted by our Alabama chapter. Carlisle served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is now in hospice care and suffering from end stage cardiac disease. He was so grateful to receive his lift chair as it will improve his quality of life and give him some independence.


Lillian B., 74, Birmingham, AL

Lillian Buchanan, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, will have her simple wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Alabama chapter. Buchanan, 74, has several medical issues including heart and pulmonary problems and rheumatoid arthritis and has great difficulty getting up from a regular chair. A lift chair would greatly improve her quality of life, reducing the amount of pain she has to endure just getting up from a sitting position. For over 25 years, Buchanan was the housekeeping supervisor for a local senior living community with 240 units. Although she is retired, she still worries about the residents living there and keeps in touch with many of them. Her nominator, friend and past co-worker Judy Murphree, wrote about her: “Lil has been a true inspiration in my life, not only as a co-worker, but as a true friend. Even though she is now disabled, she still checks on some of the residents where she worked. She deserves so much for giving of herself, unselfishly, then and now.”  Her wish for a lift chair was granted on Thursday, October 15th.  This is the first wish granted by the Alabama chapter.


Ollie C., 68, Gadsen, AL

Ollie Clanton, 68, an Army veteran and resident of Gadsen, Alabama, who served during the Vietnam War, recently had his wish to reunite with his older sister who is ailing granted , thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation and Volpe and Koenig, P.C.  Clanton, along with his niece, Teresa Clanton, traveled  to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early June to see his sister Elaine Carnevale, 77.  Although Clanton and his sister are close and talk on the phone frequently, they hadn’t seen each other in more than 15 years.  With Carnevale in declining health and housebound, Clanton wanted to make the trip to see her before it is too late. While in Philadelphia, Clanton and his niece, Teresa Clanton,  attended the annual West Point Society of Philadelphia Founders Day Banquet on Saturday, June 7th.   Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin presented Clanton with a wish certificate honoring him for his service during the banquet. This wish was funded through Volpe & Koenig’s 2013 IPromiseTM Charitable Giving Fund (IPromise).  Twilight Wish was chosen as one of the two recipients of this annual grant in 2013.  Pictured, Ollie with Twilight Wish founder, Cass Forkin.


Paul D., 69, Foley, AL

Paul Diamond, 69, a resident of Foley, Alabama recently had his wish for hearing aids granted.  Paul lost his hearing after a drop of weld fell into his ear when he was working as a milright years ago.  With his hearing getting worse, Paul struggled to hear conversations with friends and family and needed the sound on the television and radio turned all the way up.  Thanks to generous donors and Alabama Hearing & Balance Associates, his wish was granted.

"We don't know how to express our gratitude for everything Twilight Wish did for Paul!" said Colleen, his wife.  "His attitude changed almost immediately and he can't wait to go to the library on Monday for his volunteer job to show off his new hearing!"   Thanks to all who donated to make this wish come true!


James B., 81, Huntsville, AL

James Bearden, 81, recently had his wish to visit the veterans’ memorials in Washington, D.C. granted.   James, a resident of Huntsville, AL, lost one of his legs at the young age of 13 in an elevator accident.  Because of this, he wasn’t able to serve in the military, something he always wanted to do.  James' five brothers all served in the Army and he always had great respect for them because of that.   He has led a very productive life, retiring from IBM after many years of service and is also very active in his community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and serving on the board of HEMSI (Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc.) for 12 years.  James is currently a voter’s registration deputy and a member of the sanctuary choir at his church.  His wish to visit the veterans’ memorials and pay his respects to those that served came true this past June when he and his wife, Georgia, had the chance to visit Washington, D.C. and Annapolis. Thanks to the DoubleTree in Annapolis for donating lodging for the Beardens and to several generous donors who assisted with their travel expenses.


Eldorado, 94, Sylacauga, AL  


Eldorado loves quilts.  She recently moved in with her daughter and had a very special antique quilt that was destroyed in a fire.  Her daughter wrote to Twilight Wish asking for a new quilt because Eldorado "needs the comforts of home." Thanks to master quilter, Paula Munkachy, Eldorado received a new hand stitched, full size quilt on 9/16/10.


John B., 68, Muscle Shoal, AL  

John has been a resident of SunBridge Healthcare’s Cypress Cove Care and Rehabilitation since 2005.  John loves lions; his room is decorated with them and he watches the University of North Alabama’s “Lion Cam” to see their lion mascots in action.  Because of John’s medical condition, he has never had the opportunity to see lions in person.  According to John, “If I can see a real live lion before I die, I will be a happy man.” 

John’s wish came true in May 2009, when he was transported by ambulance to the UNA campus where he saw their mascots, Leo III and Una, in person.