William Carthon recently had his wish for an electric wheelchair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. William is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country proud. He is an active member of the Hill House Association Senior Center as well as a active volunteer within the community. William wanted to continue his service but was having trouble moving around. He asked for an electric wheelchair to assist him around his local community. David Dietrich with At Home Senior Services worked diligently to fulfill his wish. David received a wheelchair donation from a donor that wishes to remain anonymous. William was truly blown away. He was shedding tears of joy as he whipped around in his fast new wheels! Thank you to the Hill House Association for their support fof many seniors in the community.
Kenneth Sible, a resident of Avalon, Pennsylvania, had his simple wish for a new suit granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Ken, 78, lives in a local senior living community. He is very involved in the local communities of Bellevue and Avalon. Throughout most of his life, Ken has provided prison ministry to inmates in local prisons. He also advocates for fair treatment on behalf of those past and presently in the prison correctional system. In addition, every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Ken takes what little income he has and purchases several turkeys which he donates to local churches for families in need. He also helps prepare and serve holiday meals at an area church for community members who have nowhere to go during the holidays. He wished for a new suit so that he is taken seriously when meeting with local politicians and community leaders. The Allegheny County chapter surprised him with a shopping trip at the Men’s Wearhouse in the Ross Park Mall on Wednesday, December 7th. Special thanks to Men’s Wearhouse for discounting the clothing purchased.
Robert Lardin, a resident of Turtle Creek, PA, recently had his lifelong wish to ride in a blimp granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Growing up, Lardin was always interested in aviation, especially blimps. He recalls an instance when he was talking to the crew of the Budweiser blimp, he was almost knocked over by it, but he was so thrilled to be that close to a blimp he didn’t care! A Navy veteran, Lardin also continues to serve others through his volunteer work in a local hospital. His wish came true on Sunday, October 9th when Lardin and his grandson took to the skies over Pittsburgh in the MetLife blimp! Thank you to MetLife for granting another amazing blimp wish for Twilight Wish!
Robert Havey, 91, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had his wish to have his flower beds cleaned up granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Havey served in the Army during World War II and his unit helped liberate France. He has always been involved in his community, volunteered with the Boy Scouts and helping with the renovation of his church. In addition, Havey is in his 16th year of volunteering at Allegheny General Hospital! He always took great pride in the appearance of his yard, but as he got older, it became more difficult for him to manage. His wish was granted on June 26th when a group of volunteers from the Allegheny County chapter weeded, planted and mulched to make his yard look beautiful again.
Dorothy Potts, a resident of Dravosburg, Pennsylvania, had her wish to have her whole family together again granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Potts, who is 82, has three daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two of her grandchildren live in California and she has not seen them in over two and a half years. Potts’ health is declining and she is now bedridden so having her wish to see her whole family together is very important to her. The Allegheny County chapter arranged to have her two grandchildren fly in from California and spend several days, including Easter weekend, with Potts and the rest of her family.
Faye Hanson, a resident of Pittsburgh, had her wish to receive an honorary degree from the University of Mount Union granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Hanson attended Mount Union in the 1950s and was in her senior year, studying pre-med when experienced several tragic life-altering events. Because of this, she was forced to leave school and never completed her degree. Now 76, Hanson still talks about her college days and regrets not finishing her degree. Her wish to receive an honorary degree from Mount Union was granted on Wednesday, March 9th during a ceremony honoring her at her nursing facility in Pittsburgh.
Huge Penguins’ fan Betty Cummings, 91, her wish to watch them play in person granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Cummings is a huge sports fan and loves to watch the Penguins play on her little television, cheering on her favorite player, Sidney Crosby! Widowed 12 years ago, Cummings has five daughters, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She is known for her amazing attitude and giving nature. Cummings volunteered for over 20 years for Meals on Wheels, retiring at the age of 90. She is also very involved in her church: she sings in the choir, is an officer in the Christian Women’s Guild, visits shut-ins, works at church festivals, attends daily Mass and is a lector, cantor and Eucharistic minister. This deserving woman’s wish came true thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins who went above and beyond to make her wish so amazing. They donated suite tickets and refreshments and made sure that Betty was visited by her seven family members who also attended the game.
Two Pittsburgh seniors who share a friendly NFL rivalry had their wish to attend the recent Steelers vs. Browns game granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Phyllis Varga, 86, loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and John Swidarski, 77, is a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan. Both are residents of Sheptytsky Arms, a low-income housing facility for seniors in Pittsburgh. Neither Varga or Swidarski have ever seen their favorite teams play in person and cannot afford it on their own. Swidarski, an Army veteran, is very active in his church and helps make pierogis every week. He is also active in his community, serving as Vice President of the Sheptytsky Arms Resident Council. Varga is also very active in the community, volunteering at her church and with Meals on Wheels. They had a great time at the Steelers – Browns game on Sunday, November 15th.
Marlene Otterman, a 73 year-old resident of North Braddock, PA, had her wish for a new twin mattress and box spring granted, thanks to the Allegheny County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation and Mattress Firm. Otterman, who lives in low-income senior housing, had used the same old twin bed since she was a child. The mattress is in such bad condition that she could no longer sleep on it and had been sleeping in a chair instead. Because she lives on a fixed income, Otterman could not afford the cost of a new mattress on her own. She has given back to others throughout her life, including teaching bible study at Shady Park Place for the past eight years. Her wish came true during a presentation on Tuesday, April 28th at Mattress Firm in Monroeville. This wish was granted thanks to the generosity of Mattress Firm who donated the mattress and box spring and Speedy Furniture who donated the headboard and nightstand.
Mary Ann Reid, a 71-year-old resident of John Fraser Hall in Turtle Creek, had her wish for a lift chair granted August 1st. Reid recently returned to her apartment after spending several months in the hospital and rehabilitation. She lives alone and has medical issues that limit her mobility, making it difficult for her to remain independent. Reid’s service coordinator, Melissa Allenbaugh, submitted the wish on her behalf, requesting an electric lift chair that will make it easier for her to get up and out of her chair more frequently. Special thanks to Christine McGuire, lead on this wish, pictured presenting Reid with her wish certificate. Also a big thank you to the Wexford Office of Home Helpers and Cedars Senior Living and Home Health Services for helping to grant this wish.