Karen Havel, 69, had her wish to travel to Alaska to visit family she hasn’t seen in years granted on June 12, 2012. Despite the long distance between them, Karen and her aunt have stayed in close contact through the years via phone calls, letters, and cards. Throughout her life, Karen always took care of others, including her mother and husband who both passed away from cancer. Tragically, her only daughter was severely injured in a car accident, leaving her a quadriplegic. Karen moved her daughter from their home in Wisconsin to Tucson as the cold weather was detrimental to her daughter’s health. Until her daughter’s death three years ago, Karen was at her side in the nursing facility for hours every day.
Because of her financial situation and own health problems, it was impossible for Karen to make the trip to Alaska to see her beloved aunt and cousins on her own. Thanks to the Arizona chapter of Twilight Wish, Karen’s wish finally came true! She was able to fly to Alaska and spend two weeks with her family there.