Joe became a parachutist with the 101st Airborne and took part in Operation Overlord, the combined airborne and amphibious assault on the Normandy coastline of France during World War II. After his discharge, Burch served as Commander of his American Legion Post, working with veterans to help them receive their benefits. Burch has helped provide wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, beds, mattresses, anything veterans might need.
Now 84 years old, he is known throughout his nursing home for his kindness and willingness to help others. Volunteer Steve Tambone worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funding for this wish. In addition, many generous organizations and individuals donated money to make this wish come true.
Burch and his former social worker, Cecilia, traveled courtesy of Continental Airlines to Normandy, France on Veterans Day 2009.
Alice’s stove has not worked in three years. A mother of 12, Alice worked hard to raise her children alone. Her daughter wrote that “if it wasn’t for my mother, I don’t know how we all would have made it to be adults.” She wanted to do something that would make her mother smile again. The gas stove was generously donated by Yona and Jonathan Beller in June 2008.
Vernon, a double amputee, has lived in the nursing home for nine years with few, if any visitors. He never married, so his only family was his two Great Danes who made him feel loved and needed. His wish was to have one more visit with some Great Danes at the nursing home.
Thanks to two great local organizations, Service Dog Project, Inc., of Ipswich, MA, and Above & Beyond Great Dane Rescue of Maine & New Hampshire, this wish was granted on May 13, 2008 at his nursing home. Each organization brought two gentle and well-behaved Great Danes to visit with the residents.
Vernon’s visit with these gentle giants was something he had been looking forward to since he found out his wish would be granted.
Ted grew up on a sailboat and wished to sail on one again. Ted receives little income, lives in a donated trailer, and does odd jobs collecting aluminum cans to earn money. This wish was granted by our Florida Chapter and Peter Welles, owner of the boat, who also teaches sailboat lessons at a sailing school in Fort Myers, Florida.
Our first wish granted was to Margaret, a nursing home resident. Her son, Isaiah, passed away suddenly and tragically. She was forced to bury him in an unmarked grave. Her wish was for a tombstone for her son since the family could not afford one. DeChristopher Bros. donated the stone.
Background: Dorothy helps the people in her housing complex with everyday things! Every morning she gets coffee for a neighbor who has cancer; she delvers newspapers to the residents and runs errands for those that are homebound. She also stopped working so she could care for her parents. She never complains and doesn’t ask for anything in return.
The Wish: Dinner and to see Phantom of the Opera in New York City. This wish sponsored by Seniors Activity and Recreation Fund of Elk Grove, CA and NYC Vacation Packages.
Wish ID: NJ1356
Albert, a longtime Philadelphia Eagles fan, had his wish for a pregame tailgate at his nursing home granted, thanks to the national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation.
Albert is originally from New Jersey. In fact, he owned a barbershop in Pitman, NJ and was the barber for several Eagles players years ago. A huge Eagles fan, he took his two daughters to all the preseason training camps and watched every game. Despite living in Florida, he remains a loyal fan. Over the past five years he has battled severe infections and septic shock that developed after an unsuccessful hip replacement surgery. In addition, two years ago he suffered a brain stem stroke and lost his wife of 52 years. His simple wish for a tailgate party was granted on Sunday, December 6, 2009 before the Birds played the Atlanta Falcons. Albert was surprised with a phone call from his old friend and former Eagles general manager, Harry Gamble during the tailgate. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles organization for donating a personalized jersey and to Marshall Financial of Doylestown, PA for donating several other pieces of Eagle memorabilia and for funding the cost of the party.
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.