News Releases

Tuesday
Jun062017

Highland Senior Citizen to Receive Gift of Hearing

June 6, 2017– For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jessica Schluckebier, chapter director, (989) 941-7941                                                                                           

Highland, Michigan Joan LaMarra, resident of Highland, Michigan, will have her wish for hearing aids granted on June 19th, 2017 thanks to the Michigan Chapter of National Non-profit Twilight Wish Foundation and Huron Valley Hearing of Highland. LaMarra, 78, developed tinnitus after a fall in 1996 that has worsened over the years. As a result, she struggles to hear others, especially in crowded areas and can no longer volunteer as she cannot hear what others are saying. Due to financial constraints, LaMarra has been forced to cope without hearing, until she found the Twilight Wish Foundation, who grants wishes to low income deserving seniors 65 and older. LaMarra qualified for this wish because she has dedicated her life to helping others in her community. As a former beauty parlor owner, she volunteered at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in the burn unit, working with patients with scarring and hair loss. In the past, LaMarra has donated her services to “Look Good, Feel Better”, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of cancer treatment patients. Her role was to measure women for wigs and teach patients how to care for them. In addition to this service, LaMarra volunteered for the VFW 1518 Ladies Auxiliary of Gaylord for six years. Thanks to the generosity of Huron Valley Hearing of Highland, MI her wish will come true. Huron Valley Hearing is fulfilling this wish by donating refurbished, top-end hearing aids, cleaning tools, batteries, a fitting and three post visit services as well as a TV streaming device and a Bluetooth phone device. In addition; ReSound, the manufacturer of the hearing aids and devices is donating an extra year of warranty for each device so they can be serviced by the manufacturer if needed. Twilight Wish is thankful for Huron Valley Hearing and Resound for sharing in the same vision of making the world a better place to age, one wish at a time. In this case, that wish is ensuring that LaMarra will never have to struggle to hear again.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.  Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,620 individual wishes to seniors throughout the United States. Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who are residents of a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true. If you would like to help make a senior’s heartfelt wish or lifelong dream come true, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 989-941-7941 to speak to our Michigan Chapter Director.

Huron Valley Hearing offers services to address all hearing and balance needs. Their audiologists hold Michigan licensure and fellowship in the American Academy of Audiology. They work with advanced technology to determine the cause, type, and severity of hearing loss, and offer a wide range of solutions to treat or manage any hearing loss found. These solutions may include cerumen management or amplification (hearing aids and assistive devices). Audiologists at Huron Valley are also trained and experienced in assessing and treating balance disorders, including vertigo caused by labyrinthitis and positional dizziness. Both audiologists can also resolve issues related to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) using techniques like counseling, habituation methods, masking, and auditory stimulation. For more information, visit www.wandzel.com or call 248-889-7600 to schedule a consultation.

                                                  

 

Tuesday
May092017

105-Year-Old To Have Wish to Receive High School Diploma Granted

May 9, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Morgan Lesoski, Allegheny County chapter, (814) 490-2877

Oakdale, PA - Theresia Brandl, 105, a resident of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, will have her wish to receive her high school diploma granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Brandl has always regretted that she never graduated from high school. She attended Stowe Township High School, but left before she graduated in order to help take care of her family. In 1996, Stowe Township High School merged with McKees Rocks High School to form Sto-Rox High School. Brandl will be presented with a honorary diploma from Sto-Rox during a graduation ceremony in her nursing facility complete with cap and gown on Wednesday, May 17th.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization that grants wishes to deserving, economically-disadvantaged seniors.  Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,600 wishes to deserving seniors. 2017 is the inaugural year of our “Week of Wishes,” a national wish granting event from May 14th through May 20th. Chapters across the U.S. will be granting wishes during this week.   Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who cannot make their own wishes come true. The Allegheny County chapter is excited to partner with local health agencies and businesses to help needy seniors in our community. To join our chapter, please call Morgan Lesoski, chapter director, at 412-604-0410.

Monday
May082017

88-Year-Old Nursing Home Resident to Have Wish to Paint Mural Granted

April 25, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, 215-230-8777

Doylestown, PA - Elizabeth “Lizzie” Rocco will have her wish to paint part of a mural granted, thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation, Optum, and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Since moving to Luther Woods Nursing Home last September, Rocco has come out of her shell and become very involved in all the art programs and classes there. She is a talented artist who loves to paint and enjoys helping others in the classes with their projects. Her wish to help paint on a mural will come true as part of Twilight Wish Foundation’s inaugural Week of Wishes, a national wish granting event. Rocco will assist in painting a mural on canvas and then enjoy lunch at Pat’s Steaks in South Philadelphia with her son and daughter. This wish was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Optum of Horsham and will be granted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of seniors through intergenerational wish granting celebrations.  Since our founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,596 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S. 2017 is the inaugural year of our “Week of Wishes,” a national wish granting event from May 14th through May 20th.  Chapters across the U.S. will be granting wishes during this week.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are over 65 years old and have an income of less than 200% of poverty level or who are residents of a nursing facility and cannot make their own wishes come true. If you would like to help make a senior’s heartfelt wish or lifelong dream come true, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104.

 

Tuesday
Apr112017

Vietnam Veteran to Have Wish to Reunite with Family Granted

April 11, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777

Doylestown, PA - Vietnam Veteran David Guevara, 69, a resident of Springfield, Tennessee, will have his wish to reunite with his seven siblings who live in La Feria, Texas thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Guevara and his wife, Mary, will be traveling from their home in Tennessee to La Feria in April to spend Easter with his family. The Guevaras have not been able to afford the cost to travel to Texas since he retired in 2008. They are both pastors who have operated a community service ministry that targets low-income families for over 30 years. In addition, they also started a food pantry in their church. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, his wish will come true when the Guevaras travel from their home in Springfield, Tennessee to La Feria, Texas. They will be celebrating their reunion at a local La Feria restaurant on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Monday
Aug152016

"Chosin Few" Veteran to Have Wish to Attend One More Reunion Granted

August 15, 2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Farrell, Director of Community Relations, (215) 230-8777 ext. 103

Doylestown, PA - United States Marine Corps veteran James Haun, 87, will have his wish to attend the upcoming “Chosin Few” reunion granted, thanks to national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. A resident of Sherman, Texas, Haun is one of the few surviving members of the “Frozen Chosin,” a determined group of Marines and Army soldiers who survived two weeks of -60 degree temperatures, virtually no food and incredible odds while stranded in the Chosin Reservoir Valley in Korea. Every few years, these veterans have a reunion and this may be the last one as there are few survivors left. This may be Haun’s last chance to attend his reunion. Haun is also a veteran of World War II and Vietnam, but his time in Korea is the most memorable of his 20 years in the military.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir is considered by many to be the Iwo Jima of the Korean War and Haun is one of precious few surviving members of this battle. In November of 1950, during the coldest winter North Korea had experienced in 100 years, U.N. forces, many of them U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division, were in pursuit of North Korea troops when they were surprised by Chinese forces. Surrounded and outnumbered 8-1 by Chinese forces, the Marines embarked upon a 78-mile journey to the Sea of Japan to reconnect with American forces. Cut off from support, the Marines were still able to fight their way through ten Chinese infantry division.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, his wish will come true when Haun, his wife, and an aide travel from their home in Sherman, Texas to the reunion in San Diego via train because of his wife’s medical needs. The reunion runs from August 17th through August 21st.  Twilight Wish would not have been able to fulfill his wish without many generous donors and, in particular, Take a Trip Foundation.