David “Vince” Williams, a resident of Butler, Pennsylvania, had his wish to see the Cleveland Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers granted, thanks to the Butler County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Williams is a Navy veteran who is currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is extremely involved in the Butler community, volunteering with organizations including Bundle Up Butler and Americorp and was a peer-to-peer rehab volunteer. Williams is known for lending a helping hand to those in need and is beloved by his fellow veterans and coworkers. He was surprised on December 20th by volunteers from the Butler County chapter who presented him with two tickets and a Nick Chubb #24 jersey! His wish to see the Cleveland Browns play in person was granted thanks to the generosity of Gail Paserba, a Steelers fan who donated her tickets. Special thanks to Alliance for Nonprofit Resources for providing the transportation to and from the game.
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Danny Funkhouser, 68 a resident of Zelienople, PA, had his wish for hearing aids granted by our Butler County, PA chapter. Funkhouser was very hard of hearing, but could not afford hearing aids on his own. His wish was granted on January 15, 2020.
Our Butler County chapter recently granted ValGean’s wish for a new piano. ValGean has been playing the piano for 80 years and is a very talented pianist and organist. She was the pianist and organist for 11 years at Hannahstown Road Baptist Church in Cabot and at Concordia Lutheran Ministries for many years. Until recently, she also volunteered her talents at a local nursing facility. Unfortunately, her old piano in her home was broken and unable to be repaired. ValGean really missed being able to play her beloved hymns at home and wished for a new piano. Our Butler County provided her with a new keyboard that will allow her to continue to play and help ease her loneliness and boredom.
Our Butler County chapter recently granted Henry Fowler’s wish to visit his son in prison. Henry, 72, has not been able to see his son in over four years and wished for transportation to Erie to see him. This simple wish was granted on February 24, 2017.
Katherine Rapp, 74, a resident of Butler, PA, recently had her wish for a computer, desk and webcam granted, thanks to our Butler County chapter. Katherine does not have family living nearby and her main contact with family and friends is via the internet. She wished for a desktop computer with a webcam so that she could skype with her family. Katherine worked at Butler Memorial Hospital and Butler County Courthouse for years. Her wish was granted on November 21st by our Butler County chapter.
Jane Rhodaberger, an 83-year-old resident of Cabot, Pennsylvania, had her wish to go to a Pirates game and meet second baseman Neil Walker granted, thanks to the Butler County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. The two most important things in Rhodaberger are her family and baseball. As the mother of 13 children, Rhodaberger always put her family first. She is grandmother to 40 grandchildren and will welcome her 37th great-grandchild in September. In addition, Rhodaberger is an active member of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Butler and has volunteered at Herman Fire Hall for over 40 years. Her wish to go to a Pirates game and meet Neil Walker was granted on Thursday, September 10th. In addition, she walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to PNC Park with her family, something she has always wanted to do. 75 of her family members accompanied her to the game! Thank you to the Pittsburgh Pirates who donated 13 tickets for this wish and arranged for Rhodaberger to meet Walker.