Fulfilled Wishes

Entries in AZ (23)


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.


Anthony F., 75, Tucson, AZ

Anthony Ferlanto, 75, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish for a laptop granted by our Tucson chapter. Anthony is an Army veteran and has one son who he raised on his own from birth. He wished for a laptop to make it easier to keep in touch with his son. Anthony also loves to read and will use the laptop to study Greek and Hebrew so that he can better understand the Bible.


Adolfo S., 81, Tucson, AZ

Adolfo Saucedo, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish to travel to Dallas to see his grandson retire from the military granted. Saucedo himself is a Korean War veteran who received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery and service. His family is very important to him and he did not want to miss this milestone in his grandson's life, but couldn't afford the cost of the flight on his fixed income. Thanks to our Tucson, Arizona chapter, his wish was granted in December.


Helen B., 90, Tucson, AZ

Helen Brown, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter and Mattress Firm. Brown, 90, suffers from back, shoulder and joint problems and needed a better, more supportive mattress, but couldn't afford one on her own. Mattress Firm donated a mattress and boxspring for Brown.


Kenneth B., 71, Tucson, AZ

Kenneth Brooks, a 71-year-old resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish for dentures granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter. Brooks, a veteran of the Marines, could not afford dentures on his own. His new dentures will enable him to eat and speak properly and will allow him to be more social.


Patti S., 71, Tucson, AZ

Patti Sereno, 71, a resident of Tucson, Arizona recently had her wish for hearing aids granted thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight Wish and El Dorado Audiology. Sereno is deaf in her left ear from a childhood bout with mumps and was starting to lose hearing in her right ear. She struggled to hear for yeras as her hearing faded, but couldn't afford hearing aids on her own. Our Tucson chapter worked with El Dorado Audiology to outfit Sereno with hearing aids. El Dorado and Widex, the manufacturer of the hearing aids, donated the new device valued at $6,000.


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


Alan J., Tucson, AZ

Alan Jefferson recently had his wish for new batteries for his power chair granted by our Tucson, Arizona chapter.  Without his power chair, Jefferson was limited in his ability to get around his senior housing complex.  Thanks to RxO2 Oxygen and Medical Equipment Supply Company who donated the batteries, Jefferson now has his independence and mobility back!  Pictured: Alan with Rose Muzzy and Lisa Mach of the Tucson chapter.


Theresa S., 81, Tucson, AZ

Theresa Souter, 81, recently had her simple wish for an "It's A Small World" doll granted by our Tucson chapter.  Souter has always loved the Disneyland ride and wished for the British doll.  With it's red hair, it reminded her of herself when she was younger! 


Judy G., 69, Tucson, AZ

Judy Goyer, 69, is a resident of an assisted living facility in Tucson.  With only one computer available for over 300 residents, Judy wished for her own laptop to keep in touch with family members and pursue her interests such as crocheting, bible studies, and learning more about the Native Americans of New Mexico and Arizona.  Thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight wish, Judy's simple wish came true just in time for Christmas!


Lorraine B., Tucson, AZ

Lorraine Blythe recently had her wish for a new mattress and box spring granted, thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.  Lorraine's old mattress was over 20 years old and was no longer comfortable, but she could not afford a new one on her fixed income.  Rose Muzzy, chapter director, took Lorraine mattress shopping, then to Bed, Bath & Beyond to get new bedding and finally, out to lunch at On The Border. 


Char T., 76, Tucson, AZ

Great job by our Arizona chapter in granting another wonderful wish! Char, 76, a resident of Tucson, AZ, wished to spend some time with her grandchildren in Iowa. Char was a single parent, working three jobs for 18 years, to raise her five children in Iowa. She also has a long history of community service througout her life. In fact, Char created a character, Lucy Ladybug and taught a program for the United Way in Dubuque called "The Grassroots of Giving." Char was also one of three founding memebers of Iowa's first crisis phone line. Her wish was granted on July 23rd when she traveled to Iowa to spend time with her family.


Arnold H., 72, Tucson, AZ

Arnold Hall, 72, recently had his simple wish granted, thanks to the Tucson, Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation.  Hall's old truck had broken down years ago in Yuma, but he could never afford to have it towed back to his home in Tucson.  Twilight Wish arranged to have his beloved truck towed to Tucson, a surprise for Hall, who is a disabled Veteran.  Special thanks to Right Now Towing and American Self Storage Tucson East for their help in granting this wish! Pictured, Arnold Hall with Twilight Wish chapter representative, Lisa Mach, who granted his wish.


Juan A., 80, Tucson, AZ

Juan Alcedo, 80, a resident of Tucson, Arizona will have his wish for a new hearing aid granted, thanks to the University of Arizona Hearing Clinic and the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish.  Juan worked hard throughout his life: as a farmer,  in construction, as a lettuce picker and in a packing company. Although Juan lost his right hand in an accident working for the packing company in 1989, he still plays the guitar and sings and plays for his church.   His insurance does not cover the cost of the hearing aid and Juan cannot afford it on his limited income.  He struggles to take part in conversations and wishes very much to be able to hear the voices of his 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  His wish will come true on January 31, 2013 when he receives his new hearing aid!


Karen H., 69, Tucson, AZ

Karen Havel, 69, had her wish to travel to Alaska to visit family she hasn't seen in years granted on June 12, 2012.  Despite the long distance between them, Karen and her aunt have stayed in close contact through the years via phone calls, letters, and cards.  Throughout her life, Karen always took care of others, including her mother and husband who both passed away from  cancer.  Tragically, her only daughter was severely injured in a car accident, leaving her a quadriplegic.  Karen moved her daughter from their home in Wisconsin to Tucson as the cold weather was detrimental to her daughter's health.  Until her daughter's death three years ago, Karen was at her side in the nursing facility for hours every day. 

Because of her financial situation and own health problems, it was impossible for Karen to make the trip to Alaska to see her beloved aunt and cousins on her own.  Thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish, Karen's wish finally came true!  She was able to fly to Alaska and spend two weeks with her family there. 


Mary Louise H., 81, Tucson, AZ

Mary Louise Hill, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, had always dreamed of visiting lighthouses along the California coast, but never had the chance.  In her own words: "To see the tugs towing the ships through the fog, the light cutting across the sea and hear the mournful sound of the fog horn would be a wish come true!"  An LPN in a VA hospital for over 20 years, Hill is now retired, but still volunteers as a senior companion and greeter at Armory Park Center in Tucson.  She also volunteers in her community at Pima Counseling on Aging and in her church.  Her wish to travel to California and see lighthouses came true on May 14, 2012 when she and companion, Wendy Reuter, traveled to California and toured the Point Montara and Pigeon Point lighthouses.


Merle C., 84, Tucson, AZ

Merle Crane, 84, worked hard throughout her life, finally retiring at the age of 74.  Merle has several medical issues that limit her mobility and she is not able to leave her home often.  Although most of her immediate family is deceased, Merle keeps in touch with her nieces and nephews, but can't afford to call them on her limited income.  She wished for a computer so that she could keep in touch with them more easily.  Thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, Merle's wish was granted on March 14, 2012.


Alberta H., 80, Tucson, AZ

Alberta Herlong, 80, is housebound due to her many medical issues including leukemia.  Despite being ill, she still volunteers from her home for the nearby Armory Senior Center and writes poetry.  In 2004, Alberta was recognized for her volunteerism, receiving her 4,000 hours pin from the Armory Senior Center.  Because she spends so much time in her home, she watches a great deal of television.  She wished for a new television because the sound in her old one didn't work anymore.  Her wish was granted on March 14, 2012, thanks to the generosity of the Vasques family who donated the television.  Pictured: junior wish granter, Gabrielle Mach, with Alberta.


Connie B., Tucson, AZ

 Connie is under Hospice care for end stage COPD.  Her wish was to have a gold cross necklace and an engraved Bible.  Connie's wish was granted by our Arizona Chapter.


Harley, 91, Tucson, AZ

Harley is a diehard University of Arizona basketball fan.  He never misses a game on TV.  His wish was to meet Coach Lute Olsen and the men's basketball team.  On May 17, 2007, Harley's dream came true when Coach Olsen and some of his players visited Harley at the VA Medical Center's dialysis unit.  Harleys' wish was granted by the Arizona Chapter.