Fran Kueshner, a resident of Bethel Park, had her simple wish for a canopy for her wheelchair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Kueshner, 77, has osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and is confined to a wheelchair. She lives near the Montour Trail and loves to ride her motorized wheelchair there several times a day to enjoy the fresh air, scenery, birds and visit with the people who walk there. Several times, Kueshner has been caught in the rain while out and gotten soaked before she could make it back to her apartment. A canopy for her wheelchair will not only protect her from the rain but will shield her from the summer sun. Kueshner loves being outdoors instead of confined to her apartment so having this wish granted will improve her quality of life.Her friends nominated her for this special wish!
Peggy Boyer, 74, a resident of Pittsburgh, had her wish for a gift card granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Boyer lives on a fixed income and the gift card will allow her to purchase food. She volunteered at UPMC for over 30 years and is very deserving.
Albert Runco, 69, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had his wish for a lift chair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Runco has diabetes and needs to keep his feet elevated. Because he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford one on his one. Having a lift chair will greatly improve his quality of life.
Marta Konzier, 71, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Konzier is unable to sleep in her bed because of extreme back and leg pain, so she’s been sleeping on her couch. She lives alone and couldn’t afford the cost of a lift chair on her own. Konzier is very involved in the community: she cooks meals for other residents in her building and she helps deliver food bank food to other residents. Having a lift chair will greatly improve her quality of life.
Anna Martin, 94, a resident of Pittsburgh, had her wish for a new mattress and bedding granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Martin lives on her own and is confined to her bed for much of the time due to health issues. Her current mattress was in poor shape, but she couldn’t afford a new one on her own. Martin never married and spent much of her life caring for ailing family members and now she is alone with no family to care for her. Having a new mattress will greatly improve her quality of life.
Elizabeth Interthal, 89, a resident of Millvale, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for a large button phone with amplification granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Elizabeth lives on her own and has vision and hearing issues. Having this phone will enable her to stay in touch with family and friends and improve her quality of life.
Rosemarie Druga, a resident of Squirrel Hill, had her simple wish for new bedding and a battery for her scooter granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Druga, who just turned 95 last month, still lives on her own and relies on her scooter to get around. She has a twin-size hospital bed and has been using old full-size sheets on it. Because she lives on a fixed income, she cannot afford to buy new bedding or a battery for her scooter on her own. Thanks to the Allegheny County chapter her simple wish was granted on Friday, April 9th. They also purchased a new full-size quilt for her bed so it can hang over the side, making it easier for her to make the bed from her wheelchair. Druga is a devoted mother and grandmother and was the primary caregiver for her husband who passed away several years ago. In years past, she was very active in the senior center and ran the bocce ball and shuffleboard programs for years there. Special thanks to Ponsi Medical Supply for discounting the cost of the scooter battery.
Barbara Tufton, 88, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had her wish for a QVC gift card so she could purchase food granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Because Barbara is recovering from a fall and her husband lives in a nursing facility, she finds it difficult to shop and cook for herself. She loves the food from QVC so having the ability to order food from there will be a big help to her.
Dorothy Rice, 83, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had her wish for cookbooks, crossword puzzle books and fiction books granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Dorothy loves to read, especially suspense or mystery books. She also loves to cook, having worked for over 32 years as a nutritionist/cook for the Head Start Program for young children. In the past, Dorothy volunteered for many years with the Salvation Army. Her wish was granted on February 26, 2021.
Della Arrington, 92, a resident of Vernon, PA, had her wish for heated massage mat and back support pillow granted by our Allegheny County chapter on December 13, 2020. Della was confined to either her bed or a chair because of her health issues and both items would give her comfort and pain relief. According to her nurse who nominated her for the wish, Della’s favorite thing about having her wish granted was her Twilight Wish certificate. She kept it on the dining room table and would look at it throughout the day, pick it up, read it and smile, saying “I can’t believe that someone thinks I’m special.” Della used the massage mat and back support pillow every day to keep warm and comfortable. Della had lost her husband earlier in the year to COVID and was not well herself. Sadly, she passed away in late January 2021, but did so knowing she was loved and appreciated.