Twilight Wish celebrates seniors and makes dreams come true by granting wishes for recipients who do not have the ability to fulfill their own wishes for themselves. Twilight Wish Granting provides a meaningful “thank you” for a senior’s life of service to others, and is an experience that brings a smile, through comfort and joy.
Sometimes the wish fulfills an immediate need. Sometimes it fulfills a last wish or a wish of a lifetime. Big or small, all wishes are significant to the recipient. We thank them for what they specifically have done for others over the years. To show them we remember and care, we present each wish recipient a special Twilight Wish Award Certificate.
A Simple Needs Twilight Wish can be for food, clothing, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, mattresses; accessibility items including walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and ramps; visual aids such as glasses and reading equipment; hearing aids so they can participate in activities and reduce isolation and despair; dentures to smile again and eat healthy fresh fruit and vegetables, etc.
Celebrating a Life
A Celebrating a Life Twilight Wish includes meaningful and nostalgic wishes granted for hospice patients, persons 90 years of age and older or recipients with limited life expectancies. These wishes can be for family reunions, visits to hometowns, visits to places of comfort and joy, chances to return to their jobs or careers one more time, and any similar wish that validates and brings joy to the recipient.
Living Life to the Fullest
A Living Life to the Fullest Twilight Wish can include riding on a motorcycle, having a book published, taking a ride on a hot air balloon ride, having songs listened to by executives/producers in the music industry, ride in a fighter jet, taking a special fishing trip, meeting a famous person, going to a ballgame and being greeted by favorite players and other similar wishes.
One-third of the Twilight Wishes granted are granted to veterans. Veterans’ wishes can fall into any of the other three programs but we differentiate this program as it gives us an opportunity to thank veterans, many in nursing facilities, for all they have done for others over the years.
Tuesdays with Lori
Tuesdays with Lori is a new wish granting legacy program that honors the memory of Lori Radel and her love of Twilight Wish Foundation’s mission. Lori loved granting wishes. She felt that seniors were a treasure and she wanted to give back to them after they had given of themselves throughout their lives.
Lori was heartbroken at the idea of seniors being alone without resources and knew that these simple wishes really changed their lives in tangible ways. The simple act of lunch out or cards sent brought so much joy to people who are often forgotten and ignored. Lori’s mission was to bring value and care to our seniors.
She planned to retire early and dedicate her life to helping grant wishes to our most under served and oftentimes, forgotten and alone, seniors. Lori fought the effects of an autoimmune disorder for years. Unexpectedly, she passed in 2017, at the much too young age of 55. After she passed, her family and friends were driven to create this new program in Lori’s memory to grant the wishes of our elders who are at the end of their life’s journey.
Lori’s son, Corey, named the program which was influenced by the book, Tuesdays with Morrie which focuses on the individual and how important it is for all generations to value the lives of our elders and to honor their contributions toward paving the path for all of us.