Fulfilled Wishes

Entries in NH (7)


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.


Meda D., 92, Lee, NH

Lee resident Meda Durepo recently had her wish to meet Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, thanks to the New Hampshire chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Durepo has been an avid Boston Red Sox fan for her whole life and her favorite player is second baseman Dustin Pedroia. She watches every game on television, but had never been to a game in person. For her 92nd birthday, her daughter, Cheryl Geddo, bought seats right above the Red Sox bullpen, but wanted to make her birthday extra special by having her meet Pedroia. She submitted a wish application to Twilight Wish who, in turn, contacted the Red Sox. The Red Sox went above and beyond in granting this wish: Durepo was given a tour of Fenway and attended batting practice where she was given a ball and bat. Then, Pedroia came over and introduced himself to Durepo and signed her ball. The Red Sox also wished her a happy birthday on the scoreboard during the 5th inning!

Having her wish granted meant the world to Durepo who lost her son in 2013 and her husband of 65 years in 2014. She is known to all who know her as a very giving person who puts others first. She has been the president of the Lee Church Women’s Guild for over 40 years. Durepo has also been a volunteer for the Red Cross for many years and still volunteers her time for their blood drives.


Ann I., 96, Dover, NH

Ann Isacoff, a resident of Langdon Place of Dover, NH had her wish to see a Broadway musical granted, thanks to Twilight Wish and the operator of her nursing center, SunBridge Healthcare, now part of the Genesis family. Ann, 96, is well-known in her nursing facility for her lifelong love of the theatre, even organizing variety shows starring other residents there. As a child, Ann always wanted to perform on stage, but life pointed her in another direction. However, she never lost her love of the theatre.  Her wish was granted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 when she and her daughter were treated to special seats at a matinee performance of "Jersey Boys" in Boston. Special  thanks to Parentgiving  who donated the tickets. Thanks also to Feliciano Limousine who discounted the cost of the transportation for the wish.  Photo: Ann waves as she leaves for Boston.


Pauline & Phil H., 90s, Rochester, NH

Pauline and Philip Hilton, both residents of Colonial Hill of Rochester Care & Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, New Hampshire, were granted their Twilight Wish for an anniversary dinner together at their favorite restaurant, thanks to the partnership between Twilight Wish and SunBridge Healthcare.  Pauline, 92, and Philip, 96, are married and have lived together at Colonial Hill for more than two years.  According to staff, they spend every day together and it is apparent that they are still very much in love.  They both recall special memories of celebrations spent at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine.  So, it only seemed natural, that, when asked what they would want as their twilight wish, they asked to celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary with a romantic dinner like old times.  Originally planned for their anniversary date on November 24, 2011, an illness prevented them from leaving the nursing center.  They celebrated their belated anniversary on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Warren's Lobster House.


Donald H., 78, Milford, New Hampshire

Donald Thompson, a resident of The Elms Care and Rehabilitation Center in Milford, New Hampshire, was granted his Twilight Wish to ride a horse, thanks to a partnership between Twilight Wish Foundation and the operator of his nursing center, SunBridge Healthcare.  Thompson, 78, loves horses, but has never had the chance to ride one.  He now suffers from several medical conditions that limit his mobility and independence.  His wish to ride a horse was granted on Friday, November 4, 2011 at UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, New Hampshire.  Special thanks to the wonderful staff at UpReach for all they did to make his special wish come true!!


Richard Y., 69, Rochester, New Hampshire

Richard Young Sr., a resident of Colonial Hill of Rochester Care and Rehabilitation in Rochester, New Hampshire, was granted his Twilight Wish to return to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) one more time, thanks to a partnership between  Twilight Wish Foundation and the operator of the Colonial Hill care center, SunBridge Healthcare.

Young, 69, grew up around the racetrack, traveling with the crew and working in the pit at the NHMS.  Now a nursing home resident, he is wheelchair-bound and, because he has beenunable to get to the track on his own, feels that part of him is missing.  When asked by Colonial Hill activities director, Phil Wittmann, "If you could have one wish, what would it be?"  Young replied, with tears in his eyes, "I would love to get back to the track, one more time."  His poignant wish came true on Sunday, September 25, 2011 when Young, his best friend, Robert Smith, and Wittmann, returned to the NHMS for the Sylvania 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Special thanks to NASCAR and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for donating tickets and credentials to allow them access to the pit and track before the race.


Mary R., 90, Bedford, NH

Mary, nursing home resident, had her simple, yet heartfelt wish for new wigs that fit properly granted, thanks to a partnership between Twilight Wish Foundation and her care center, Bedford Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center.  This partnership offers residents the opportunity to submit a “Twilight Wish” to the national foundation through an internal program known as “Wish Upon a Twilight Star.”

Mary, 90, began working at the young age of 15 to help support her family and was the oldest of four children.  She was married for just three months when her mother died at a young age.  Following her mother’s death, Mary was responsible for the care of her father and three younger brothers, as well as her husband.  In fact, Mary worked until the age of 82. 

“Caring for others is something she’s done all her life and she never had the chance to take the time to care for herself,” said Julie Hamilton, Solana Program Director who nominated Mary for this wish. “This will be Mary’s big day,” she added.  

Jackie Staiti, owner of Amanda Thomas Boutique, did a special wig fitting on May 5th to find the perfect wigs for Mary.  Mary received her new wigs at a party held during the nationwide celebration of National Nursing Home Week, Thursday, May 13, 2010.  Special thanks to Jackie Staiti of Amanda Thomas Boutique, located in Amherst, NH, for donating her time and the cost of one of the wigs to Mary.