The Make a Wish Foundation is well known for granting wishes to critically and terminally ill children, making dreams come true for children who need a happy boost. Locally we can be proud of a nonprofit organization called An Elderly Wish, which is run by Executive Director and “angel” Mary Chapman. The criteria are simple: the recipient must over 60 years of age, diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening illness, and a resident of Contra Costa County. Anyone can refer a recipient to Mary.
An Elderly Wish began when Rebecca Crowder’s mother wanted to go play “her one-arm bandit” in Reno one more time. Courtesy of one of the Reno hotels, she spent a few days doing just that and shortly after her return, she passed away. That memory was a joy for her daughter and was the beginning of the foundation founded by Rebecca.
From seeing a loved one to catching a few big ones on a fishing trip to watching a favorite sports team, the wishes are granted with love and, most of all, dignity. An Elderly Wish also provides simple things such as getting a watch repaired to bequeath to a grandchild, or a phone card to make sure that no matter the distance, recipients know they’re remembered. These are all part of An Elderly Wish’s possible good deeds. You name it and they’ll try to make it happen.
An Elderly Wish is always in need of sponsors, but Mary tells me she’s also looking for wishes. If you know someone who’d like to have a wish come true, call 925-978-1883 and let An Elderly Wish put a smile on the face of someone you love. There’s no charge for this, and the memory will fill your heart for the rest of your days. That I can guarantee.
Marla Luckhardt is a Discovery Bay resident and member of the East Contra Costa Senior Coalition. She works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. To contact her, e-mail email@example.com.