Samuel Nania, a resident of William Penn Care Center in Jeannette, had his wish to attend a Pirates game granted, thanks to the Westmoreland County chapter of Twilight Wish Foundation. Sam, 58, is an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan who watches every game on TV. Because he is physically disabled, it is difficult for him to leave the facility much less attend a game in person. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates who donated the tickets, Sam and a caretaker attended the July 25th game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. The Westmoreland County chapter provided spending money and paid for transportation for them.
John Gregory, 82, a resident of Greensburg, PA, had his simple wish for a hearing enhanced cell phone granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County, PA chapter in July. John, a Navy veteran, has significant hearing loss which makes it difficult for him to talk on the phone with his family and friends. Because he lives on a fixed income, he could not afford the cost of the phone on his own. Thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter, John received his new phone which will improve his quality of life!
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Disabled Pirates fan gets trip to game courtesy of Twilight Wish” July 24, 2019
Thomas Opfer, a resident of The Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Greater Pittsbugh in Greensburg, had his wish to see The Who in concert granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter and the employees of DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation. Thomas, 59, lives in long term care because he can no longer care for himself. He is well known in his facility for being pleasant and kind. Opfer delivers the mail and calendars to other residents and visits with them. Thanks to funding raised by the employees of DNP Imagingcomm, Opfer (and an aide) was transported to the concert on May 30th and also enjoyed dinner beforehand. Several of these generous employees presented Thomas with the tickets, gift card for dinner and Who merchandise on May 24th at his nursing facility.
Robert Smith, a resident of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had his last wish to have his beloved dogs visit him in his nursing facility granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Robert, 73, was in hospice care and his health was rapidly declining. He wanted to see the two family dogs, Gizmo and Rascal, one more time, but could not leave the facility. Both dogs needed their shots updated before they could visit him in the nursing home, but Robert’s family could not afford to get them vaccinated on their limited income. Thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter, Gizmo and Rascal were vaccinated and groomed and visited Robert on Wednesday, February 20th. Although Robert was mostly unresponsive, his family felt that he knew the dogs were there with him. Sadly, later that night, Robert passed away.
Mary Lash, 65, a resident of Derry, Pennsylvania, had her simple wish for a last Valentine’s dinner with her husband granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Mary is in hospice care and has been given less than three months to live. She and her husband have been together for over 40 years and have always taken care of each other. Mary wished for one last Valentine’s dinner with him so that he will remember this after she is gone. Our Westmoreland County chapter arranged for dinner to be brought in from a local restaurant for a lovely celebration for them.
Carol Litrun, 71, a resident of a nursing facility in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, had her special wish for a day out of her facility granted by our Westmoreland County chapter. Litrun has MS and has lived in her facility for over three years; her husband passed away in 2017. She wished to go to Mass in a Catholic Church and go to bingo! Our Westmoreland chapter had a wonderful time granting this simple but meaningful wish.
Don Rupert, 80, a resident of Ruppsdale, PA recently had his wish for hearing aids granted by our Westmoreland County, PA chapter. Rupert has hearing loss and needs hearing aids but could not afford them on his own. Thanks to Beltone, his wish was granted on November 20, 2018.