Dr. Martin Luther Mathews, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, had his wish to travel to Lakewood Church to see Joel Osteen preach granted, thanks to our headquarters chapter. Mathews is a lifelong resident of St. Louis who has spent his years there mentoring and encouraging thousands of youth in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. More than fifty years ago, Matthews and Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine met at a St. Louis city park to talk about how they could help a group of schoolboys compete in a baseball league. In 1960, these two neighborhood coaches founded the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ Club to provide sports, arts, health and educational support to boys in the St. Louis area. Twenty years later, the club began welcoming girls and became the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club. In 1982, President Ronald Regan recognized the co-founders and declared the club to be a national model for how communities can come together to support the underserved. Today, this 501(c)(3) organization serves 3,000 youth directly and 10,000 indirectly each year and has served more than 2 million youth since inception. Mathews continues to serve as Emeritus President, consulting with the club on a routine basis. Now 94, Mathews had one wish: to visit Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and meet Pastor Joel Osteen. Thanks to many generous donors, Twilight Wish was able to make this special wish come true for this legendary humanitarian. Thanks also to the DoubleTree Houston Greenway Plaza for donating the rooms for their stay in Houston.
Elmer King, a resident of Youngwood, PA, recently had his wish for a special outdoor chair granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. King, 86, is a Korean War veteran. He is diabetic and has limited mobility because of a previous infection in his foot. King loves to sit outside on his porch to enjoy nature and talk with his neighbors, but doesn’t have a seat that is comfortable enough for him. Regular chairs are too low for him to get himself up and sitting in his wheelchair for an extended period of time is uncomfortable. He wished for an Amish style chair with a wide seat and higher seat height so he can enjoy his time outside safely.
Doylestown Intelligencer “Retired teacher from Doylestown honored with Twilight Wish” October 9, 2019
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.
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Disabled Pirates fan gets trip to game courtesy of Twilight Wish” July 24, 2019
KYW1060 “Retired Detective Honored 37 Years Later” May 17, 2019
NBC10 “Return to the Roundhouse” May 17, 2019