Thirty residents of Strauss Manor on Pantano in Tucson, Arizona had their simple needs wishes granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. The residents asked for simple items such as an electric can opener, a large print dictionary, new sheets and pajamas. Representatives from the Tucson chapter delivered the items to the seniors during a holiday luncheon at Strauss Manor on Saturday, December 17th at noon.
Dorit Hackett, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had her wish for a makeover granted, thanks to our Tucson, Arizona chapter. Dorit has been battling a terminal illness for several years and is now in hospice care. She has been upset over the changes in her physical appearance during this time and wished for a makeover to make her feel beautiful on the inside and outside.
Joyce Adkins, 70, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter. Joyce has arthrititis and chronic pain and her old bed sags and causes even more back pain. She is very sensitive to chemicals, including the ones used in most mattresses and needed one without them. Having her wish granted will greatly improve Joyce’s quality of life.
Anthony Ferlanto, 75, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish for a laptop granted by our Tucson chapter. Anthony is an Army veteran and has one son who he raised on his own from birth. He wished for a laptop to make it easier to keep in touch with his son. Anthony also loves to read and will use the laptop to study Greek and Hebrew so that he can better understand the Bible.
Adolfo Saucedo, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish to travel to Dallas to see his grandson retire from the military granted. Saucedo himself is a Korean War veteran who received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery and service. His family is very important to him and he did not want to miss this milestone in his grandson’s life, but couldn’t afford the cost of the flight on his fixed income. Thanks to our Tucson, Arizona chapter, his wish was granted in December.
Helen Brown, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had her wish for a new mattress granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter and Mattress Firm. Brown, 90, suffers from back, shoulder and joint problems and needed a better, more supportive mattress, but couldn’t afford one on her own. Mattress Firm donated a mattress and boxspring for Brown.
Kenneth Brooks, a 71-year-old resident of Tucson, Arizona, recently had his wish for dentures granted, thanks to our Tucson chapter. Brooks, a veteran of the Marines, could not afford dentures on his own. His new dentures will enable him to eat and speak properly and will allow him to be more social.
Patti Sereno, 71, a resident of Tucson, Arizona recently had her wish for hearing aids granted thanks to the Tucson chapter of Twilight Wish and El Dorado Audiology. Sereno is deaf in her left ear from a childhood bout with mumps and was starting to lose hearing in her right ear. She struggled to hear for yeras as her hearing faded, but couldn’t afford hearing aids on her own. Our Tucson chapter worked with El Dorado Audiology to outfit Sereno with hearing aids. El Dorado and Widex, the manufacturer of the hearing aids, donated the new device valued at $6,000.
Guenther Volkman is 84 and a resident of House of Prayer Assisted Living in Tucson. Years ago, back in his homeland of Germany, Guenther was a horse jockey. Now, he is wheelchair-bound and in hospice care in his nursing facility. His last wish to revisit a horse racetrack before he dies was granted thanks to our Tucson Arizona chapter and the generosity of Rillito Downs. Guenther spent a wonderful day at the racetrack with his family and Tucson chapter volunteers. One of the races was named after him and the winning jockey dedicated the race to him. Guenther was also featured on the Jumbotron and was honored in the winner’s circle. Special thanks to Rillito Downs for their generosity in helping to grant this wish. Watch the coverage of his wish here on KGUN 9 and KVDA NBC4.
Alan Jefferson recently had his wish for new batteries for his power chair granted by our Tucson, Arizona chapter. Without his power chair, Jefferson was limited in his ability to get around his senior housing complex. Thanks to RxO2 Oxygen and Medical Equipment Supply Company who donated the batteries, Jefferson now has his independence and mobility back! Pictured: Alan with Rose Muzzy and Lisa Mach of the Tucson chapter.
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.