Peg Panza, 98, a resident of Sharpsburg, PA had her simple needs wish for a battery for her portable oxygen unit granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Peg is on oxygen 24/7 and having a back-up battery would allow her more time at her doctor appointments and give her the ability to go shopping or to lunch with her caregiver. She was active in the community, serving as president of the Auxiliary at Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years and served as vice president of the resident council at Sharpsburg Towers.
Sylvia Cochran, 79, a resident of Pittsburgh PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted by our Allegheny County chapter. Sylvia suffers from arthritis and fibromyalgia making it difficult for her to stand on her own. Having a comfortable lift chair would also ease the pain in her legs and back. Because she lives on a fixed income and Medicare doesn’t cover the cost of a chair, she could not afford it on her own.
Della Arrington, 92, a resident of Vernon, PA, had her wish for heated massage mat and back support pillow granted by our Allegheny County chapter on December 13, 2020. Della was confined to either her bed or a chair because of her health issues and both items would give her comfort and pain relief. According to her nurse who nominated her for the wish, Della’s favorite thing about having her wish granted was her Twilight Wish certificate. She kept it on the dining room table and would look at it throughout the day, pick it up, read it and smile, saying “I can’t believe that someone thinks I’m special.” Della used the massage mat and back support pillow every day to keep warm and comfortable. Della had lost her husband earlier in the year to COVID and was not well herself. Sadly, she passed away in late January 2021, but did so knowing she was loved and appreciated.
Jane used to love volunteering at the food pantry run by her church. She also loved tutoring students at Girard College. She has stopped doing both because her hearing has deteriorated to the point she can’t understand what people are saying. She misses her great-grandson’s voice, the sound of the birds chirping and listening to music. She says without the ability hear, the world is a lonely place. Please help us grant this wish to help Jane regain her hearing!
Harry has been a dedicated volunteer in his church. He is an Elder and taught Sunday School. He was also a floor captain in his facility. His responsibilities included checking on all the other residents on a daily basis. In 2013, he lost his right leg due to an infection. He wishes to have a prothesis, but he cannot afford the 20% not covered by Medicare.
Catherine lost her husband at a young age and raised her children on her own. She loves to cook and enjoy the meal with her son but her kitchen table is broken. She lives on a fixed income and cannot afford to replace it. We want to grant her a wish for a brand new table and chairs.
Orpah Vankirk, 79, a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, recently had her wish for a new twin mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter. Vankirk has multiple medical issues and chronic pain. She had been sleeping in her chair because her old mattress was so worn. Having a new mattress will greatly improve her quality of life, allowing her to get a good night’s sleep.
Leslie McGarrity, 74, a resident of Braddock, PA, recently had her wish for a new full size mattress granted, thanks to our Allegheny County chapter.
Joyce Elias, 75, a resident of Jeannette, PA, recently had her wish for a lift chair granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Elias is battling lung cancer and has severe osteoporosis. She is in constant pain and wished for a lift chair that would enable her to have more mobility without severe pain. Elias worked in healthcare for over 41 years and particularly loved going beyond her job description to help others. Having a lift chair will greatly improve her quality of life.
Legendary Philadelphia disc jockey, Jerry Blavat, the “Geator with the Heater,” paid a visit to the residents of Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation in Hatboro on Sunday, March 8, 2020, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Blavat emceed a fun 50s and 60s- themed sock hop for the residents there who had no idea he’d be hosting their event. Although the majority of the residents are wheelchair bound, Blavat managed to get them singing, tapping their feet and clapping their hands to the familiar tunes of their youth. This wish was made possible by a generous donation from Carol and Jack Lieberman.
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.