Charles Williamson, a resident of Seneca, South Carolina, had his wish to return to Germany where he served during World War II granted, thanks to Twilight Wish. Charles, 93, was a tank driver in the Army’s 3rd Armored Division and was stationed in Germany, near the Dachau concentration camp. Thanks to generous donors who donated airline miles, we were able to send Charlie and his grandson to Germany. Among the towns they visited were Cologne, where his division was involved in an infamous tank battle with the Germans near the Cologne Cathedral; Dessau, where his division met the Russians; and Schrozberg, where the 3rd Armored Division stayed (in Bartenstein Castle). This will be the trip of a lifetime for Charlie as he revisits these areas where he served. In addition to his service to country, Charlie has volunteered for years in his community as a long time Sunday school teacher and poll worker.
John Gregory, 82, a resident of Greensburg, PA, had his simple wish for a hearing enhanced cell phone granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter in July. John, a Navy veteran, has significant hearing loss which makes it difficult for him to talk on the phone with his family and friends. Because he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford the cost of the phone on his own. Thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter, John received his new phone which will improve his quality of life!
Six wheelchair-bound seniors from Neshaminy Manor in Warrington, PA recently had their wish to go to a Phillies game granted, thanks to y Twilight Wish and the Phillies. The residents, along with their Neshaminy Manor caretakers and staff from Twilight Wish, enjoyed a great game on Thursday, June 27th as the Phillies swept the Mets in the four-game series. All six seniors are huge Phillies fans and watch the games faithfully. Because they are wheelchair-bound and have limited spending money, being able to leave the facility and attend a Phillies game is a huge treat for them.
Gregory Hindman, a resident of Greensburg, PA, had his wish for a scooter granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Gregory has several medical issues including COPD, arthritis and osteoporosis and is on oxygen. He has great difficulty walking even short distances. Having a scooter will enable him to have more mobility and independence, improving his quality of life. His wish was granted on June 25th.
Kenneth Ball, 69, a resident of Erie, PA, had his wish for a honeymoon with his wife granted, thanks to our Erie, PA chapter. At the time of his wish granting, Kenneth was on hospice care with limited time left. Because he and his wife never went on a honeymoon, his wish was for one final trip with her before he passed. Kenneth and his wife enjoyed several days together in Niagara Falls in late June. Sadly, he passed away several weeks later, but at peace because his wish for special moments together was granted.
Thomas Opfer, a resident of The Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Greater Pittsbugh in Greensburg, had his wish to see The Who in concert granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter and the employees of DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation. Thomas, 59, lives in long term care because he can no longer care for himself. He is well known in his facility for being pleasant and kind. Opfer delivers the mail and calendars to other residents and visits with them. Thanks to funding raised by the employees of DNP Imagingcomm, Opfer (and an aide) was transported to the concert on May 30th and also enjoyed dinner beforehand. Several of these generous employees presented Thomas with the tickets, gift card for dinner and Who merchandise on May 24th at his nursing facility.
Al Vasso, a resident of Luther Woods in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, had his wish to visit the Roundhouse one more time granted on May 17, 2019. Al, 82, worked as both a policeman and as a plain clothes detective for the Philadelphia Police Department for many years, working in the District Attorney’s office for some time. While serving an arrest warrant in a taproom, he walked into an armed robbery in progress and was shot twice. Al has received many commendations throughout his career and had the opportunity to work alongside Arlen Specter and Frank Rizzo. To make his day even more special, Al and his family were driven in a Philadelphia police vehicle from his nursing home to the Roundhouse with a police escort. He was welcomed with an honor guard and the Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes & Drum. The Police Department pulled his old badge number and presented him with a hat with his badge number. Al and his family were given a tour of the building ending with a press conference where he met Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr. and spoke with the media. He was also given photos and mementos of his long career in the police department. Al was then given a tour of both the SWAT and K9 headquarters before enjoying a special lunch at the FOP and a visit to the Police Museum that is housed in the old police academy that he attended. A huge thank you to the Philadelphia Police Department for literally rolling out the “blue carpet” and giving Al a day he will never forget!
The residents of Skyland Care Center had their wish to have The Chuckwagon Gang perform at their facility granted on May 17, 2019. Many of the residents there love gospel music but, because of medical issues, are unable to leave the facility to attend a concert. Last year, one resident said, after attending a Chuckwagon Gang performance, that she “would love it if she could share what we just heard with all my other friends at the nursing home.” Thank you to The Chuckwagon Gang for discounting the cost of their performance and to our donors for helping make this wish come true!
David Jankovic, 80, had his wish to visit a park and have lunch at Applebee’s with his wife and daughter granted, thanks to our Northern New Jersey chapter. David and his wife, Barbara, live together in Clark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Because of their medical conditions, they need medical transport to and from their nursing facility. Thank you to On-Time Transportation for donating the cost of their transportation for the day. David, Barbara and their daughter enjoyed a lovely day together.
John Quint, 85, a resident of Plum, PA, recently had his wish for hearing aids granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. John needed hearing aids, but couldn’t afford them on his own. He is very involved in organizing social activities in the senior community where he lives and struggled to hear others during these activities. John also missed having conversations with his wife because he could not hear her. Thanks to Hearing Unlimited for donating the hearing aids to make his wish come true.