Fulfilled Wishes

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Tuesday
Dec122017

Betty O., 83, Indianapolis, IN

Betty Ottinger, a resident of Rosegate Healthcare in Indianapolis, had her wish to see the Nutcracker performed granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Betty, 83, has always dreamed of seeing the Nutcracker performed, but never had the chance. One of her most prized possessions is a music box that has several scenes from the Nutcracker on it. It was one of the last gifts her late husband gave her and is in her room at the nursing facility. Betty volunteered in her church’s Good Shepherd’s Community cooking and serving food to the homeless. Her wish was granted on Sunday, November 26th when she attended the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Murat Theatre.

Tuesday
Dec122017

Jack W., 71, Lebanon, IN

Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted Jack's wish for an Amazon Echo, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communities. Jack is struggling with a visual impairment that greatly affects his ability to be independent. The Echo will allow him to play music, send and receive messages, get information, receive news, enjoy audio books and control lighting and thermostat in his home, greatly improving his quality of life. 

Tuesday
Dec122017

David T., 69, Indianapolis, IN

Our Indianapolis chapter recently granted David's special wish to reunite with his sister who he hadn't seen in over 30 years. His sister lives in New York and and her health is quickly declining, making it impossible for her to travel. David  and his sister were very close growing up and he wished to see her again before it was too late. An Army veteran, David is a pastor in his church and also volunteers in the food pantry. His wish was granted, thanks to a partnership with American Senior Communties.  Pictured is David with his wish nominator, Valerie Moore. 

Thursday
Nov022017

Judy R., 79, Brownsburg, IN

Judy Robbins, 79, recently had her wish to skydive granted, thanks to our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Judy has wanted to skydive since she was 18 years old. With her 80th birthday quickly approaching, Judy took the plunge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

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!

Tuesday
Dec132016

Mary B., 80, Speedway, IN

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.

Tuesday
Dec132016

Lavetta R., 81, Brownsburg, IN

Lavetta Ray, 81, had her wish to go to Chicago with her sister one more time granted, thanks to the partnership between our Indiana chapter and American Senior Communities. Lavetta's husband used to take her shopping in Chicago when they were younger. Sadly he has passed away, but Lavetta wished to be able to go there one more time. She and her sister enjoyed a wonderful day together: they visited Navy Pier where they rode the Ferris wheel, toured Skydeck Chicago and shopped. Making the day even more special was CNN/HLN covering this amazing wish!

Tuesday
Jul052016

Jean M., 100, Indianapolis, IN

Jean Magnant, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana had her wish to visit her 93-year-old sister who lives in a facility in Texas granted, thanks to the partnership between the Twilight Wish Foundation Chapter of Indiana and American Senior Communities.  Magnant, who is 100, is a resident of Rosegate, a proud member of American Senior Communities. She and her sister, Mary Richards, talk weekly on the phone, but haven’t seen each other in over five years. When the two sisters were younger and both married, they would frequently travel hundreds of miles to visit each other. After their husbands passed away, they continued to travel to each other’s homes. As they got older, it became more difficult for them to make the drive and then Richards moved to Fort Worth, Texas to be closer to her daughter. Magnant and her late husband volunteered throughout their 52-year-long marriage at St. Francis Hospital and St. Jude Catholic Church. She still keeps herself busy at 100 by making rosaries for her church, playing Words with Friends on her tablet and reading the newspaper daily. Magnant and her daughters traveled to Dallas on Wednesday, June 15th and visited with her sister.

Tuesday
Apr262016

Lucille H., Indiana

Lucille Hiteshew, a longtime fan of the Indiana Pacers, recently had her wish to see a game in person granted, thanks to our Zionsville, Indiana chapter. Lucille had an amazing time, thanks to the generosity of the Pacers!

Tuesday
Oct062015

Jerri R., 82, Indianapolis, IN

Jerri Rose and Steven Coleman, both residents of Washington Healthcare Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, had their wish to get married granted, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and American Senior Communities. Rose and Coleman have formed a strong bond and spend most of their time together when possible. They wished to be legally married and live together, but aren’t physically or financially able to plan their wedding on their own. Both Rose and Coleman are active within the facility’s community and go out of their way to help others.  The staff at Washington Healthcare Center, in conjunction with the Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish, worked hard to organize a beautiful wedding for them, complete with wedding cake, flowers, minister and guests.

Tuesday
Oct062015

Morris W., 82, Terre Haute, IN

Morris Wheeler, a resident of Terre Haute, Indiana recently had his wish for new appliances granted, thanks to the partnership between the Twilight Wish Foundation Chapter of Indiana and Springhill Village, a proud member of American Senior Communities.  Wheeler, 82, is a Marine veteran and still continues to work as a crossing guard at Davis Park Elementary School, a job he loves and has held for over 15 years. Springhill Village and Twilight Wish have worked with ACE Hardware of Terre Haute to repair his washing machine and replace his gas stove. Having these two items in working condition will enable Wheeler to continue to safely live on his own and maintain his independence. Special thanks to ACE Hardware for discounting the cost of the stove and providing free installation. Also, thank you to Davis Park Elementary School children and staff who surprised Wheeler with a signed stop sign as well. Wheeler’s wish was granted on Wednesday, September 9th.

Thursday
Sep102015

Martha M., 82, Brownsburg, IN

Martha Miles, a resident of Brownsburg Meadows in Brownsburg, Indiana, had her wish to attend an Indianapolis Colts football game granted, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and American Senior Communities.  Miles has been an avid Colts fan ever since they moved to Indianapolis in 1984. She has not been able to attend a game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, but still watches every single game on television. Now 82, Miles wished to attend one more game in person telling her nominator, Tonya Pearcy, Activities Director at her facility, “It would be amazing to be part of a live game one more time.” Miles raised five children on her own and worked hard to provide them with everything they needed. Despite her busy life, she taught Sunday school at Chapel Rock Church for years and was part of a mission trip to Poland where she helped to build a church in a small village. Her wish to attend a Colts game came true on Saturday, August 22nd, thanks to the Colts organization who donated eight seats in a suite, food and drinks. The Colts also sent Miles Colts memorabilia to make her day even more special.  But, the best part of her day was having Matt Overton, Adam Vinatieri and Pat McAfee introduce themselves to her and chat for a while!

Tuesday
Aug112015

Fred W., 86, Brownsburg, IN

Fred Wessels, a resident of Brownsburg Meadows in Brownsburg, Indiana, had his wish to attend an Indianapolis Indians baseball game with his friends granted, thanks to a partnership between the Indiana chapter of  Twilight Wish Foundation and American Senior Communities.   A Korean War veteran, Wessels is a lifelong baseball fan who played catcher on his high school team and later coached Little League for years. Before becoming a resident of Brownsburg Meadows, Wessels and his daughter attended Indians games with his daughter. Now 86, he wished to go to one more game with his friends. Wessels, along with family and friends, attended the July 5th Indians game in a box suite.

Tuesday
Dec232014

Mary M., 97, Indianapolis, IN

Mary Morrow, 97, recently had her wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to the Indiana chapter of Twilight Wish.  According to her nominator, Sister Rosemarie Yao, Mary is a young, vibrant 97 years old whose only health issue is that she is hard of hearing.  In fact, up until 2013, Mary still swam 50 laps weekly! Mary is also very religious and attends daily Mass.  For over 30 years, Mary and her husband volunteered at their church in outreaching to new parishoners, welcoming them and personally visiting them.  After her husband passed away, Mary continued her community involvement, volunteering at St. Augustine Home for over ten years.  With the help of Tami and Alan Schwenk of the Take a Trip Foundation as well as Terie and Katie Thompson of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Mary's wish was granted.  Pictured: Nominator Sister Rosemarie, Mary, and Tami Schwenk.

Monday
Apr162012

Doris W., 75, Richmond, IN

Doris, 75, is a huge Merle Haggard fan and wished to meet him in person.  Grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to twelve, Doris was "thunderstruck the first time I heard him sing and saw him perform.  That was 1964 and I still feel the same way every time I listen to him sing and see his picture.  To meet him in person would be the crowning glory of my life."  Thanks to Sunny Hilden who helped orchestrate this wish, Doris spent Friday, April 13th with Merle Haggard before his show at the Belterra Casino in Florence, IN.   Doris and her friend were backstage with Merle all afternoon, listened to the sound check and saw him perform from nearly front row seats!  Doris, who just celebrated her 75th birthday, said "Even though I just turned 75, I feel like I'm 18 again!"  Pictured, Merle Haggard with Doris Ward.