Paul Svetahor, a resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had his wish for a laptop granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Svetahor, 81, is an Air Force veteran who wants to continue his education and go back to college for cyber security. Despite his age, he is very eager to learn and having a laptop will allow him to continue his education.
Jerelyn Fields, a resident of Hartford, had her wish to see a falcon in person granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Fields, 74, has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is in hospice care. She is a nature lover and is especially fond of birds. Fields always wished she had learned falconry and now, her one wish was to see a beautiful falcon in person and up close. She was a special education teacher for over 41 years and made a difference in many of her students’ lives. Teaching and learning are still very important to her and having the experience of seeing a falcon up close is her greatest wish come true. Thank you to A Place for Hope for bringing a falcon and several other birds to visit Fields at her apartment.
Judith Hosack, a resident of The Retreat in Hartford, Connecticut, will have her wish for a horse-drawn sleigh ride granted, thanks to the Connecticut chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Hosack, 85, is an active council member and a volunteer at The Retreat where she lives. Because she lives on a fixed income, she does not have the means to do this on her own. Thanks to cooperation from Mother Nature, her wish will finally be able to be granted when she and three friends enjoy a sleigh ride courtesy of Allegra Farms. Judith Hosack, a resident of The Retreat in Hartford, Connecticut, had her wish for a horse-drawn sleigh ride granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Hosack, 85, is an active council member and a volunteer at The Retreat where she lives. Because she lives on a fixed income, she does not have the means to do this on her own. Thanks to cooperation from Mother Nature, her wish was finally granted when she and three friends enjoy a sleigh ride courtesy of Allegra Farms.
Linda Shook, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had her wish for a new rocking recliner granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Shook, 73, has very little furniture and her recliner that she used the most broke. Because she has a limited income, she could not afford to replace it on her own. Having a new, comfortable recliner will improve her quality of life.
Jane Monstrola, a resident of Irwin, Pennsylvania, recently had her wish for a ramp for her driveway granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Monstrola, who is 80, has had several strokes and uses a walker. Her driveway is stone chips and it is difficult for her to maneuver the walker on it. Having the ramp installed will greatly improve her quality of life. Thank you to Blackburn’s Medical Supplies for assisting with this wish!
Frances Mollyn, a resident of Brookdale Dublin in Dublin, Pennsylvania, was surprised with a ballet performance for her 100th birthday on February 1, 2024. Mollyn is in hospice care. She loves watching ballet and would enjoy seeing a performance, but it is difficult for her to leave her facility. Several performers from Dance with Joy danced for Mollyn and several of her family members on her 100th birthday. Afterward, she shared stories from her life with the young dancers including that she was the first female bank teller in New York City.
Jacqueline Duquette, a resident of Ellington, Connecticut, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted by our Connecticut chapter. Duquette, 82, has chronic health issues and had been spending her days in her wheelchair, which is not comfortable. When she was younger, she taught CCD and volunteered with Senior Games in the archery competition. Her daughter nominated her, writing “my mom is the sweetest, kindest, funny lady you will ever meet!” Duquette was thrilled to have this simple wish granted as it will improve her quality of life.
Judy Elliott, a resident of Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, had her simple wish for a lift chair of her own, granted, thanks to our Western North Carolina chapter. Elliott, 78, has been a resident of Holly Springs since 2017 when her husband passed away and she could no longer care for herself. She spends most of her time in a chair in the day room there, next to her best friend, Wanda. Elliott’s wish is for a chair of her own that she does not have to share with others; this would give her a sense of pride and ownership.
Our Jacksonville, Florida chapter recently granted their first wish. They gifted 132 residents there with simple needs items in time for the holidays.
Shirley Groff, a resident of Rockport, Massachusetts, recently had her wish to visit several Boston museums granted, thanks our Massachusetts chapter. Groff, 75, is a Navy veteran and calls herself a lifelong learner. She believes that learning and trying to understand new concepts is the key to longevity. Groff wishes to visit four museums in Boston: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as she feels they are the epitome of culture, innovation and history and will be an enlightening experience for her. Because she uses a cane and doesn’t have transportation, Groff is not able to visit these museums on her own. In addition to her Naval service, she was a very active volunteer with the Navy Club participating in funeral honor guards, parades, placing flags on graves and giving presentations. Groff recently passed the general exam to become a ham radio operator and hopes to become involved volunteering with a disaster relief organization. She visited the first museum on her list, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Groff and a friend were driven by Massachusetts Chapter Director, Catherine Sabatini to spend the day there. She will visit the remaining museums in late December and early 2024.
Please Note: Twilight Wish Foundation is registered in Pennsylvania as a nonprofit corporation and is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations made to grant open wishes are tax deductible. Twilight Wish Foundation will make every effort to ensure that donated funds go to the wish of your choice. If this is not possible, we will apply the funds to the most urgent and similar wish open at the time. Twilight Wish Foundation has final decision-making authority over the use of all donations.