Joan F., 72, New York


Joan was widowed at 49 and raised her mentally handicapped son alone.  She has battled liver, gall bladder, and bladder cancer and is presently cancer-free.  Joan has wanted a computer for years but could not afford one.  She felt as if the world was passing her by.

Joan wished for a laptop computer, and her wish was granted by the Long Island, New York Chapter in August 2008.

Elizabeth D., 78, Fresh Meadows, NY

Elizabeth Drayton, 78, recently had her wish for a new dining room table and chairs to replace her over 30 year-old table granted, thanks to national nonprofit, Twilight Wish Foundation.  James Ciervo, the Long Island/New York regional chapter director for Twilight Wish and volunteer Tom Neczclubah presented Drayton with her gently used dining room table and chairs, a floral centerpiece, and a certificate honoring her.

 Drayton has endured several surgeries on her spine and this wish granting really lifted her spirits.  According to Ciervo, Drayton was shocked and choked up that her wish came true, saying, “It finally happened to me! I will never forget you, James and Thomas.”

Sabina V., 72, New York, NY

Sabina Vargas, 72, of New York City, needed a new television, but could not afford one and felt the world was passing her by.  James Ciervo, the Long Island/New York regional chapter director for Twilight Wish, presented Vargas with her brand new digital television and a certificate honoring her for her lifetime of giving to others.

Dale G., 74, Yonkers, NY

The Long Island, New York chapter of national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation, led by director James Ciervo,  granted its very first wish on May 5, 2008!  Dale Grand, 74, of Yonkers, NY, had requested to meet Jon Stewart, the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.  Although Twilight Wish was not able to arrange a meeting with Stewart, Grand, his daughter, and Ciervo enjoyed a lovely lunch at the 1050 Lounge in Manhattan, then attended a taping of the show on Monday, May 5, 2008 at the studios.  After the taping of The Daily Show, Grand received a copy of the script of that day’s show as a memento.