Judy Goyer, 69, is a resident of an assisted living facility in Tucson. With only one computer available for over 300 residents, Judy wished for her own laptop to keep in touch with family members and pursue her interests such as crocheting, bible studies, and learning more about the Native Americans of New Mexico and Arizona. Thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight wish, Judy’s simple wish came true just in time for Christmas!
Lorraine Blythe recently had her wish for a new mattress and box spring granted, thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Lorraine’s old mattress was over 20 years old and was no longer comfortable, but she could not afford a new one on her fixed income. Rose Muzzy, chapter director, took Lorraine mattress shopping, then to Bed, Bath & Beyond to get new bedding and finally, out to lunch at On The Border.
Arnold Hall, 72, recently had his simple wish granted, thanks to the Tucson, Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Hall’s old truck had broken down years ago in Yuma, but he could never afford to have it towed back to his home in Tucson. Twilight Wish arranged to have his beloved truck towed to Tucson, a surprise for Hall, who is a disabled Veteran. Special thanks to Right Now Towing and American Self Storage Tucson East for their help in granting this wish! Pictured, Arnold Hall with Twilight Wish chapter representative, Lisa Mach, who granted his wish.
Juan Alcedo, 80, a resident of Tucson, Arizona will have his wish for a new hearing aid granted, thanks to the University of Arizona Hearing Clinic and the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish. Juan worked hard throughout his life: as a farmer, in construction, as a lettuce picker and in a packing company. Although Juan lost his right hand in an accident working for the packing company in 1989, he still plays the guitar and sings and plays for his church. His insurance does not cover the cost of the hearing aid and Juan cannot afford it on his limited income. He struggles to take part in conversations and wishes very much to be able to hear the voices of his 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His wish will come true on January 31, 2013 when he receives his new hearing aid!
Karen Havel, 69, had her wish to travel to Alaska to visit family she hasn’t seen in years granted on June 12, 2012. Despite the long distance between them, Karen and her aunt have stayed in close contact through the years via phone calls, letters, and cards. Throughout her life, Karen always took care of others, including her mother and husband who both passed away from cancer. Tragically, her only daughter was severely injured in a car accident, leaving her a quadriplegic. Karen moved her daughter from their home in Wisconsin to Tucson as the cold weather was detrimental to her daughter’s health. Until her daughter’s death three years ago, Karen was at her side in the nursing facility for hours every day.
Because of her financial situation and own health problems, it was impossible for Karen to make the trip to Alaska to see her beloved aunt and cousins on her own. Thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish, Karen’s wish finally came true! She was able to fly to Alaska and spend two weeks with her family there.
Mary Louise Hill, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, had always dreamed of visiting lighthouses along the California coast, but never had the chance. In her own words: “To see the tugs towing the ships through the fog, the light cutting across the sea and hear the mournful sound of the fog horn would be a wish come true!” An LPN in a VA hospital for over 20 years, Hill is now retired, but still volunteers as a senior companion and greeter at Armory Park Center in Tucson. She also volunteers in her community at Pima Counseling on Aging and in her church. Her wish to travel to California and see lighthouses came true on May 14, 2012 when she and companion, Wendy Reuter, traveled to California and toured the Point Montara and Pigeon Point lighthouses.
Merle Crane, 84, worked hard throughout her life, finally retiring at the age of 74. Merle has several medical issues that limit her mobility and she is not able to leave her home often. Although most of her immediate family is deceased, Merle keeps in touch with her nieces and nephews, but can’t afford to call them on her limited income. She wished for a computer so that she could keep in touch with them more easily. Thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation, Merle’s wish was granted on March 14, 2012.
Alberta Herlong, 80, is housebound due to her many medical issues including leukemia. Despite being ill, she still volunteers from her home for the nearby Armory Senior Center and writes poetry. In 2004, Alberta was recognized for her volunteerism, receiving her 4,000 hours pin from the Armory Senior Center. Because she spends so much time in her home, she watches a great deal of television. She wished for a new television because the sound in her old one didn’t work anymore. Her wish was granted on March 14, 2012, thanks to the generosity of the Vasques family who donated the television. Pictured: junior wish granter, Gabrielle Mach, with Alberta.
Connie is under Hospice care for end stage COPD. Her wish was to have a gold cross necklace and an engraved Bible. Connie’s wish was granted by our Arizona Chapter.