Our Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania chapter recently granted Eleanor’s wish for a lift chair. As is often the case, she needed one, but could not afford it on her limited income. Her wish was granted on September 27, 2018.
Jane Koza, a resident of Delaire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Linden, New Jersey, recently had her wish to see her beloved Yankees play granted, thanks our New Jersey chapter.
Koza, 62, played competitive basketball and softball for her high school alma mater, Mother Seton High School in Clark, New Jersey. At the age of 47, Koza learned she would need knee surgery to repair torn cartilage. During surgery, she contracted MRSA, a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection. A second surgery for a total knee replacement caused Koza to slip into a coma and an infection traveled through her spine and left her with transverse myelitis, a rare neuro-immune disorder that resulted in paralysis from the chest down. Recently, due to the chronic infection in her knee, her leg was amputated above the knee.
Despite all her medical issues, Koza remains optimistic and is very active in her facility. She has been a resident of Delaire for over 12 years and has served as Resident Council President for the past eight years. She advocates for the other residents and has spearheaded fundraisers to purchase a new bingo machine, bowling league equipment and prizes for bingo and parties at the facility. Her wish to see the Yankees play for her 60th birthday was granted on September 15, 2018. Koza and her friend received the royal treatment from the Yankees: getting a backstage tour of the stadium, receiving a bag of Yankees’ souvenirs, getting a chance to wear a World Series ring, and getting upgraded seats between home plate and third base. Special thanks to the Yankees for making her wish so memorable and to All Med Transportation for donating the transportation.
Emma Jane Monstrola, a resident of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, had her wish to visit the White House granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation. Monstrola, who will turn 91 in November, has always dreamed of visiting the iconic White House in Washington, D.C. However, being widowed and having her children geographically spread across the U.S. left her with little options to make this wish come true.
Luckily, the Westmoreland Chapter found out about Monstrola’s wish and went about planning this deserving woman’s wish. Despite being 90, Monstrola volunteers five days a week at the Jeannette Senior Center and is in charge of the kitchen there. In addition, she volunteers at her church. Monstrola, who was accompanied by volunteer Melanie Glowacki, not only visited the White House, but also saw many of the memorials and sights in D.C.
Sharon Jenda, 65, recently had her wish to attend a Seattle Seahawks game granted. Sharon, a resident of Oregon City, OR, has been a Seahawks fan for most of her life. Because she lives three hours away and gets by on a fixed income, she has not been able to afford the cost of attending a game on her own. Sharon is very active in her community, volunteering at Clackamas Women’s Services, PAWS, and in her church, Willamette Christian Church. She and her friend attended the last preseason Seahawks preseason game, thanks to the Seattle Seahawks who donated the tickets
Sister Thoma Joan Swanson, 89, recently had her wish to attend her family reunion granted. Sr. Thoma, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, is a member of the community of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She has devoted her life to preaching the gospel through her artwork. Sr. Thoma was a missionary in Peru and taught art at Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Throughout the decades, she has worked hard to keep her family members connected through visits and phone calls. Sr. Thoma wished to attend the family reunion that was held in upstate New York on the farm her father grew up on in mid-August. This family reunion has been held annually for over 60 years! Because she lives on a fixed income, she could not afford the travel expenses on her own. Thanks to generous donors, Twilight Wish made her wish come true and assisted with her travel expenses.
Our Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania chapter recently granted Emily King’s simple wish for a reclining lift chair. Emily, 71, has severe arthritis and struggles to get out of her current chair. Receiving the lift chair will greatly improve her quality of life. Thank you to Levin’s Furniture for discounting the cost of the chair and providing free delivery.
Our Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania chapter recently granted Adella Dunn’s wish for hearing aids. Adella, 67, a resident of Loyolhonna, has nearly 70% hearing loss and needed hearing aids, but couldn’t afford them on her own. Adella is widowed and the sole caregiver to her disabled daughter. Thanks to Beltone of Greensburg who donated her hearing aids, Adella’s quality of life will be greatly improved!
Our Long Island, New York chapter recently granted Betty Johnson’s wish for a reclining lift chair and a new mattress. Betty suffers from back pain and had been sleeping in a chair that did not recline. She was thrilled to receive both a new reclining lift chair and a new mattress which will improve her quality of life.
Our Westmoreland County chapter recently granted Shirley Busato’s wish for a lift chair. Busato, 84, is a resident of Jeannette, PA. She needed a lift chair to improve her quality of life and allow her to remain independent.
Gerald is primarily home bound due to a few serious ailments. He is a published composer and spends most of his time writing music. He finds composing therapeutic and helps him sustain his quality of life. He has even provided music to charities and foundations.
His current equipment is very outdated. His greatest wish is to have new equipment so he can continue to compose music and send it out to others. Thanks to our generous donors, Gerald has had his wish granted!