Elmer King, a resident of Youngwood, PA, recently had his wish for a special outdoor chair granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. King, 86, is a Korean War veteran. He is diabetic and has limited mobility because of a previous infection in his foot. King loves to sit outside on his porch to enjoy nature and talk with his neighbors, but doesn’t have a seat that is comfortable enough for him. Regular chairs are too low for him to get himself up and sitting in his wheelchair for an extended period of time is uncomfortable. He wished for an Amish style chair with a wide seat and higher seat height so he can enjoy his time outside safely.
Raymond Roush, a resident of Turtle Creek, PA, had his simple wish for a sit up bar granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Roush, 78, an Army veteran, is dedicated to staying fit and healthy, despite being an amputee. Having the sit up bar will allow him to continue to exercise and build his strength. Roush has been very involved in the community for years, serving as a volunteer fire fighter in Latrobe and is on the resident council at this facility. His wish was granted on October 2, 2019.
Wallace Mays, a resident of Fayette, Pennsylvania, had his wish for a birthday party for his 99th birthday granted, thanks to Twilight Wish. Mays, a WWII Navy veteran, wished to celebrate this milestone birthday with family. Twilight Wish arranged for all his favorite foods to be served at the party and made sure it was a wonderful day with his family.
James Freethy, a resident of Scranton, PA, had his wish for a motorized scooter granted, thanks to a generous donor who donated the scooter. Thanks also to Chairman of the Board, James Ciervo, who drove from Long Island to Media, PA to pick up the scooter. He then delivered it to James in Scranton. James is an amputee who needed a scooter to get around.
Betty Medvic, 78, a resident of Neshaminy Manor in Warrington, PA, had her wish for transportation to her grandson’s wedding granted, thanks to Twilight Wish. Betty is in a wheelchair and needed ambulance transport, but her family couldn’t afford it. In addition to transporting her back and forth to the wedding, we surprised her with her favorite perfume!
Thanks to funding from our “Tuesdays with Lori” legacy program, we were able to grant the wish of residents at Luther Woods in Hatboro, PA. Their old sewing machine had broken and it needed to be replaced. We presented Eileen, a seamstress extraordinaire, with the new sewing machine.
Ida Green, 73, a resident of Pitcairn, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Ida purchased a used lift chair many years ago but it is now falling apart. Because she lives on a fixed income, she couldn’t afford to replace it on her own. Ida volunteers at her building’s food bank and helps other residents clean their apartments when they need to move out. She also knits blankets for her local hospital. Her wish was granted on August 19th.
Helen Crouse, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, had her wish for a lift chair granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Helen, who is 76, has several medical issues that make it difficult for get out of a regular chair. Having an electric lift chair will greatly improve her quality of life and allow her to remain independent.
Karen Munson, a longtime resident of Haven Convalescent Home in New Castle, Pennsylvania, had her wish to attend Steelers training camp granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. Karen suffered a stroke at the age of 42 and has limited mobility. She has been a resident of Haven for over 11 years and is currently president of the Resident Council there. At the time of her stroke, Karen was working as a full-time registered nurse on a medical/surgical floor and was very active in her church and community. She is a huge, lifelong Steelers fan who never misses watching a game and has her room completely decorated with Steelers gear. Thanks to the efforts of many, her wish to attend training camp was granted on August 14th. Former Steelers quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, owner of Pilgrimage Hospice, arranged for her to get access to the field where she met many players. In addition, Pilgrimage Hospice presented Munson with a gift basket of Steelers memorabilia. Finally, thank you to ACTS transportation for donating a bus to be used to transport her to camp and to driver Roy Lee for volunteering his time to drive it.
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.