Fulfilled Wishes

Entries in AZ (23)


Mary T., 89, Avondale, AZ 

Avondale, AZ - Mary Thompson, a nursing home resident in Avondale, Arizona, had her poignant wish to visit a zoo and pet the animals granted, thanks to a partnership between Twilight Wish Foundation and her care center, Estrella Care and Rehabilitation Center.  This partnership offers residents the opportunity to submit a “Twilight Wish” to the national foundation through a program called “Wish Upon a Twilight Star.” 

Mary, 89, has been a resident of Estrella Care and Rehabilitation Center for 12 years.  Mary was raised on a farm and misses interacting with the animals.  Her wish was submitted by Activities Director Tomas Quevedo, and was one of 208 wish applications received nationwide by SunBridge Healthcare, operator of Estrella.  

Mary’s dream came true when she visited the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, AZ on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 with her caretaker.   Special thanks to Wildlife World Zoo who donated the tickets for Mary’s wish. “This was a wonderful day for her and brought back many happy memories,” said Diane McMannis, Administrator. 


John N., 80, Tucson, AZ 

John, 80, an elderly resident of Tucson and a huge softball fan, had his wish to attend a University of Arizona softball game granted, thanks to the Arizona chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation.

John, was a season ticket holder for the University of Arizona’s softball team for years.  Due to health problems, he can no longer attend games on a regular basis and requires a wheelchair to get around.  His wish was to attend one more softball game at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium to cheer on his beloved Wildcats! 

A Navy veteran, he volunteered throughout his life, serving as Boy Scout Master for four years.  He also volunteered for 17 years at the Department of Economic Security’s adaptation station, making special furniture for the handicapped and has been an active member of the Builders Masonic Lodge #60 in Tucson for over 50 years. 

His wish came true during the Wildcats’ last home game vs. UCLA on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Hillenbrand Stadium.  Rose Muzzy, Director of the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish, presented John with a wish certificate and Wildcats’ shirts and signed posters, donated by the University of Arizona.


Deborah R., 73, Tucson, AZ  



 One of the few pleasures Deborah has is to watch television at night before she goes to sleep.  She finds it relaxes her and keeps her caught up on current events.  The small television she had no longer worked after the conversion to digital.   Twilight Wish Foundation’s Arizona Chapter presented Deborah with a small digital television in September 2009.   


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