Please Note: Twilight Wish Foundation is registered in Pennsylvania as a nonprofit corporation and is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations made to grant open wishes are tax deductible. Twilight Wish Foundation will make every effort to ensure that donated funds go to the wish of your choice. If this is not possible, we will apply the funds to the most urgent and similar wish open at the time. Twilight Wish Foundation has final decision-making authority over the use of all donations.
Ben B., 82, Bristol, PA/in Fulfilled Wishes/by Mary Farrell
Ben Baltazar, a resident of Bristol, Pennsylvania, had his wish to have a motorized scooter granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Baltazar, 81, is a Navy veteran who served during Vietnam. He suffered a stroke in February of 2021 and has limited mobility. Baltazar is mostly homebound and has only been able to leave his home four times during the past year. Having a lightweight, foldable motorized scooter will allow him the freedom to leave his apartment more often. His children will be able to take him out to lunch and other family events, improving his quality of life. Prior to his stroke, Baltazar was an active member of his community and church. In his younger years, he volunteered in South Philadelphia distributing food to the underserved. Because he lives on a fixed income, he cannot afford the scooter on his own. Thanks to a generous donor, his wish was granted on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.
Sally B., 82, Greensburg, PA/in Fulfilled Wishes/by Mary Farrell
Sally Brisbane, a resident of Westmoreland Manor in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had her wish to have dinner at Red Lobster granted, thanks to our Westmoreland County chapter. Brisbane, 82, has been a resident of Westmoreland Manor for over four years. She has very few family members nearby and is wheelchair bound so it is difficult for her to leave the facility. Brisbane is well known in Westmoreland Manor for cheering up other residents and is the treasurer of the Resident Council there. She was nominated by Renee Kessler, another resident there who had her wish granted last summer. Brisbane enjoyed dinner at Red Lobster with several of the Westmoreland County chapter volunteers. Thank you to Red Lobster for donating appetizers for this special meal. Thank you also to Fayette EMS for assisting with the transportation of Brisbane even though it is out of their service area.
Ronald M., 85, Pittsburgh, PA/in Fulfilled Wishes/by Mary Farrell
Ronald “Duke” Marchesiano, 85, a resident of Pittsburgh, had his wish for a one-time house cleaning granted, thanks to our Allegheny County, PA chapter. He has health issues which makes it difficult for him to manage cleaning his home and was so grateful to have this simple wish granted.
Harold T., 73, Smithtown, NY/in Fulfilled Wishes/by Mary Farrell
Harold Tweed, 73, had his wish for a PlayStation 5 game system and video games granted, thanks to our Long Island chapter. Tweed is an Air Force veteran who is disabled and homebound. His wife, Christine, is his caregiver and they rarely leave their home. Tweed wished for a PlayStation5 so that they could send time together with their grandkids and with each other. Before becoming disabled, he loved to play golf and being able to play a golf video game will bring him enjoyment while he deals with his medical issues. Thanks to a generous donor, his wish was granted on Monday, January 30th at 4 pm.
Patricia N., 68, Hemet, CA/in Fulfilled Wishes/by Mary Farrell
Patricia Neil, a resident of Hemet, California, had her wish to visit Disneyland granted, thanks to Twilight Wish Foundation. Neil, 68, lives on her own and has been battling health issues for years. Her love for all things Disney grew out of her father meeting Walt Disney years ago. Neil has many Disney collectibles around her home and her one wish was to visit Disneyland. She has been very involved in her community, volunteering at Gilda’s Club and at the Braille Institute of America. Neil was accompanied by caregiver LaShawna Ervin on her wish. In addition, Twilight Wish founder Cass Forkin’s daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren met with them at Disneyland to present Neil with her wish certificate. This wish was made possible thanks to a generous donor.
“65-year-old Pens fan and stroke victim gifted tickets”/in Media Coverage/by Mary Farrell
KDKA “65-year-old Pens fan and stroke victim gifted tickets” February 20, 2023
John C, 75, Glassboro, NJ/in Open Wishes/by Cheryl Gustafson
John C. is a 75-year-old resident of Glassboro, New Jersey. He is a Vietnam Veteran who is in the late stages of COPD. Because of this, he struggles to manage stairs and relies on a walker to get around. His wife, Betsy, is a former RN and his full-time caregiver also struggles to get around. His Twilight Wish is to have a ramp installed at his home to enable to get him to his car safely using his walker, improving the quality of life for both he and his wife.
John C. was nominated by Laura Palmer, his friend and author who wrote “Shrapnel in the Heart, Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial” which traces people who left letters to those killed in Vietnam at the memorial in DC. Palmer interviewed him about the letter he left to his buddy, Eddie Van Every who was killed in action. He offered to help her find people and became her researcher for the book. John C. was then inspired to write and publish his own book, “They Were Ours” which traces many of the Veterans from Gloucester County who served in Vietnam and other wars. In his younger years when he was in better health, he volunteered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and was a leader in his church. He also addressed groups at the National Constitution Center and has addressed countless other groups since “They Were Ours” was published.
We need to raise $7,300 to make his wish come true. Please donate today!
Wish ID #5723
John C, 75, Glassboro, NJ
Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.
Giuseppe D, 84, Lansdale, PA/in Open Wishes/by Cheryl Gustafson
Giuseppe, 84, from Lansdale, Pennsylvania is an Army veteran and served in Italy. He volunteers at the “Becoming Center” in Ambler. Giuseppe’s Wish is to receive a three – wheeled bike (trike) to ride and get exercise. We need to raise $900 to make this wish come true. Please donate today!
Wish ID: 4764
Giuseppe D, 84, Lansdale, PA
Betty P., 98, Elkins Park, PA/in Open Wishes/by Cheryl Gustafson
Betty P., 98, a resident of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, is in need of hearing aids. She has a current set of hearing aids, but they are no longer strong enough for her needs and she cannot afford the new set on her fixed income. When Betty was younger, she volunteered at Einstein Medical Center for 17 years in addition to Abington Hospital. She also currently volunteers when able in the apartment building. We need to raise $3,000 to make her wish come true. Please donate today!
Wish ID: 5704
Betty P., 98, Elkins Park, PA
Miriam, W., 101, Alexandria, VA/in Archives/by Cheryl Gustafson
Miriam, is 101 years old and is a resident of Alexandria, VA. When she was younger, she volunteered at the John Carlyle House of Fairfax Street in D.C. along with the Martin Luther King Library and National Archives building. She was also an activist for the Alexandria Baha’i Community. Over the years, she has been so focused on others that she didn’t take care of the basic needs for herself. Miriam’s Wish is to receive sleepwear and a new mattress/bed to sleep at night. Miriam states that she has continued to live (despite breast and colon cancer) by doing yoga and “staying vertical”. We need to raise $500 to make her Wish come true!
Wish ID: 5724
Miriam, W., 102, Alexandria, VA
Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.