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.
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.
Jelsa Casale, a resident of Wethersfield, Connecticut, had her wish to see Andrea Boccelli in concert granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Casale, 81, has not had an easy life, working until she was 77. She loves Andrea Boccelli and knows all the words to his songs! It has been her wish for many years to see him in concert and she will finally have this wish granted!
Frederick George, a resident of Torrington, Connecticut, had his wish for a book signing granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. George, 90, has end-stage renal disease and requires daily dialysis. His beloved wife, Joan, passed away in 2021. With the help of his daughter, he wrote a book about their love story online and they printed copies of it. George is very proud of My Life Story and wishes to have a book signing so that he can share how special his wife was with others. He served in the Army and worked hard his whole life to provide for his family of four daughters. George was also very involved in his community and has been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Torrington for over 75 years. He also volunteered with FISH for years, making food and distributing holiday meals. His wish for a book signing was granted on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
Chylene Pender, a resident of Hartford, Connecticut, had her wish to attend her high school reunion and visit her hometown one more time granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Pender, 78, had her 60th high school reunion in her hometown of Clay Center, Kansas in late September, but could not afford the cost of travel on her own limited income. She has limited mobility so could not travel on her own either. Thanks to the Connecticut chapter, Pender and her grandson flew out to Kansas and stayed for the weekend to enjoy her reunion festivities. This trip also gave her the chance to visit her parents’ and grandparents’ graves one more time. Pender has been very involved in the community throughout her life. She is currently the Vice President of the GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club and has held various other positions, helping with nearly every fundraiser they have had. In addition, Pender ran the gift shop at Cedarcrest Hospital for eight years prior to its closing. She also volunteered as President of St. Mary’s in Newington for 19 years. She and her grandson flew out September 29th and spent the weekend in Clay Center. Connecticut chapter director, Andrea Hoisl, honored Pender with a wish granting celebration at The Retreat on Tuesday, September 26th.
Erwin Williams, a resident of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, recently had his chance to visit his hometown and spend time with his high school friend one more time granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Williams, 65, has several medical issues. He has not been back to his hometown of Tunbridge, Vermont in many years. He wished to visit his mother’s gravesite and also spend time with his best friend of over 60 years ago.
Thirty seniors from the Hartford area were treated to a Hartford Yard Goats game, thanks to our Connecticut chapter and NBC CT/Telemundo. The seniors all had a great day! One senior threw out the first pitch and another sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
Marlene Keefe, a resident of Amston, Connecticut, had her wish for a lobster dinner for her and her husband in their home granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Keefe, 86, was a school bus driver for over 25 years and was loved by all the children she drove. Since her retirement, she spends her time knitting blankets for her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Since the pandemic, it has become more difficult for she and her husband to dine out. Having her wish granted made her day!
Charles Sabia, 80, a resident of Manchester, Connecticut, had his wish for transportation to his granddaughter’s graduation party granted, thanks to our Connecticut chapter. Sabia is on oxygen 24/7 which makes it difficult for him to travel long distances. They have a very close-knit family, but his illness makes it difficult for them to get together.
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.