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David loves sports! He has TWO TV's in his room so he never has to miss a game. He attends local high school basketball games all winter long, and if you ever want to know the score of any game in any sport, David is your guy. This Spring, Elmcroft of Lima is taking a trip to Louisville to visit Churchill Downs, The Louisville Slugger Museum and the Mohammad Ali Center, and David would LOVE to go with us. The cost includes VIP tours of all of the above mentioned museums, as well as accommodations and meals.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Adventure

Marvin and Mary Carmichael are supposed to be “living the dream” in their retirement years together. However, their golden years have turned out to be less than a dream due to severe complications from chronic illnesses for them both

Marvin is a retired police officer and Mary is a retired home maker. They met and married in their later years, looking forward to their retirement and traveling together.

Both Marvin and Mary are patients of Pruitt Health Home Health of Florence, South Carolina. They have a simple dream, a dream of better health and a few more years together in peace.

During our interview about fulfilling their Second Wind Dream, Mr. Carmichael said, “All I want, all I need is help getting to the doctor so I can take care of my wife. In a million years, I never thought my health would decline to the point where I am unable to drive my wife and myself to doctor appointments or even to take care of each other’s basic needs.” You see as a police officer, Mr. Carmichael prided himself in keeping the peace and safety and order over his town. Naturally in retirement, he prides himself in order and safety in his own home and taking care of his ailing wife and himself is a large part of that.

Recognizing that basic rights to medical care is a “dream” for this couple due to no available outside help for them. We at Pruitt Health Home Health of Florence will provide transportation vouchers for 10 trips to their medical appointments for the Carmichaels. This is all this humble couple asked for. Fulfilling their dream has become a passion for Pruitt Health Home Health of Florence. It is a humble request.

Mr. Carmichael wanted to express, “My wife and I are most appreciative and grateful that Second Wind Dreams chose us to make and keep our medical appointments so our health needs are not neglected. We may have other dreams but because of the extent of our illness, we think taking care of our physical and medical needs come first and receiving transportation is definitely a dream come true for us. Here is a big thanks and praise to you – Second Wind Dream!!”

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PruittHealth Home Health-Florence
Location
Florence, South Carolina
Category
Heart & Soul

Arlene is a dreamer who has lived an amazing life so far.  She has worked for Clark Howard, is a registered nurse & volunteered at the Fox Theater for over 20 years.  However; she has never had the opportunity to see Tony Bennett in concert.  He is her favorite performer of all time and has dreamed of seeing him in person.  Last night I had the honor of escorting her to the Atlanta Symphony Hall to fulfill this dream funded by Roswell Wal-Mart.   We had a wonderful supper at the local café and made it to our Orchestra seats just in time for her favorite singer.  When he performed Arlene’s favorite song, “I left my heart in San Francisco” her smile lite up the concert hall.  She stated, “ I never realized how talented he is!  His voice was is so strong and still pitch perfect! I will never forget this night!”

 

Thank you, Arlene, for being the inspiration to us all!

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Adventure

92 year old Roger always wanted to be a pilot after the military. He did fly when he was young and then spent 35 years as an air traffic controller. Thanks to much help and support, Roger's dream came true yesterday! It was great to listen to his stories and see him pilot the Delta Flight Simulator.

We would like to thank Levy Restaurants for discovering this dream,Sunrise Senior Living at Buckhead, Delta Flight Museum for fulfilling Roger's dream, and WSB-TV for filming the dream for a segment on Family 2 Family.

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Sunrise at Buckhead
Location
Atlanta, GA
Category
Adventure

David

Louisville Bound

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David

Louisville Bound

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Marvin

Simple Pleasures

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Marvin

Simple Pleasures

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Arlene

A Date with Tony Bennett

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A Date with Tony Bennett

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Roger

Pilot's Dream

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Pilot's Dream

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Forty-three years ago, Karen went out searching for tomatoes and found the love of her life, Ted. Together they raised four children in their home in Anderson, Indiana. Ted worked many long hours building Indiana roads while Karen spent most of her time raising the kids. After being married 42 years, Karen could not remember a Valentine’s Day where she and Ted went out alone together to celebrate their love for one another. This year they got that opportunity with a little mid-day pampering and an early dinner at Ricks Boatyard Café. Karen even took a moment to sing their wedding song “Hand in Hand”. In today’s world of loves that too often fade, it is so refreshing to see this wonderful couple still walking hand in hand. 

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Elmcroft of Fort Harrison
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Category
Relive the Past

Elmcroft of The Mainland resident, Martha, grew up riding horses and has always had a special love for them. With the help of a local equestrian center, we arranged for Martha to ride a horse, brush them in the stable, and walk with them. I think her smile says it all!

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Elmcroft at The Mainland
Location
Texas City, TX
Category
Relive the Past

Rachel is a sweetheart! It is not easy for her to get out of the building but she is the happiest little resident ever. The one thing we know is that if she is not a Bingo then she is sick.... She has loved playing Bingo all her life and in honor of her passion we will have a special Family Bingo night and dinner for her.  She will be crowned queen for the day...The Activities Room will be decorated for her and her family. The family also has musical talent and will be performing as well. The dinner menu for her and her quests will include her favorite fish dinner with all the trimmings. We will also have special Bingo prizes for her event.

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Family & Love

Thanks to the generosity of a Second Wind Dreams Board member, Atlanta Hawks tickets were donated fulfilling Mr..Coverson's dream to see a game in person.  Mr. Coverson is a huge fan and had the best day ever.  He couldn't stop smiling and talking about the game.

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A.G. Rhodes Cobb
Location
Marietta, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Karen

A Valentine's Day Dream

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Karen

A Valentine's Day Dream

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Martha

Back in the Saddle

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Martha

Back in the Saddle

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Rachel

For the love of Bingo

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Rachel

For the love of Bingo

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Mr.Coverson

Hawks Fan

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Hawks Fan

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Sean used to spend his freetime playing pool at the Billiard Hall.  He misses this game and the enjoyment it would bring as it welcomed interaction with others.  When the staff at Joliet Terrace ask Sean what would make his home better there, he always replies with a request for a pool table.  Please help us raise funds to provide Sean and felllow residents with a multi purpose game table.

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JT Care LLC
Location
Joliet, IL
Category
Relive the Past

Monroe joined the US Army in 1941, serving in both the North Africa campaign and Anzio, Italy.  He will tell you that due to his small size, he was the perfect fit to ride in armored tanks.  He served his country for four years in WW II.  His prized possession is his US Army tour cap.  He came to me when his emblems began to fall off.  I tried to fix his treasured hat but it was too worn.  

I called on my expert Dreamweaver, Dani Pierce, who immediately began the process of recreating this special hat. Dani did an outstanding job on the details and making sure it was exactly like the original. She also presented him with a WWII Honorable Service coin and an Old Ironsides lapel pin.

Monroe was overjoyed! He stated "I can't thank you enough.  This hat means the world to me.  I am going to put the old one away and proudly wear this new cap.  The coin and pin are priceless.   I will keep them both next to my heart."

Thank you, Monroe for your service. We appreciate the sacrifices you made so we can live in freedom. 

 

 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Back in the day Carol Parsons was very well known in the pottery world in Jacksonville, Florida. She has created some amazing pieces the family says. Although she cannot create what she has in the past the family thought just to get her hands on a wheel and feel it moving will not only bring back happy times but it will make her smile from ear to ear. We have secured a young man who is going to bring a wheel in on Feb 8th and between the two of them they will create a piece together. She will be crowned Queen for the day and following we will have a lunch (with her favorite meal:  baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gray, and peas) in her honor with family and guests.(7 total)

 

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What an incredible day for Carol and her family!  Carol was a natural back at the pottery wheel.  Her family could hardly believe the things she remembered.  Carol was overjoyed as she completed 4 small pieces for each of them to treasure.

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Relive the Past

Sharon has lived at Joliet Terrace for almost a year.  Everyone here knows how much she loves to sing. Sharon finds music to be very soothing and is frequently heard singing Amazing Grace or songs from Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner and more.  She enjoys gospel music and the oldies most of all.  We would really like to surprise Sharon with a karaoke machine which she would be able to use and enjoy along with all of our residents at the community.  

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JT Care LLC
Location
Joliet, IL
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Heart & Soul

Sean

Anyone for a Game of Pool?

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Sean

Anyone for a Game of Pool?

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Monroe

Restore His Beloved Army Cap

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Restore His Beloved Army Cap

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Carol

Creative Hands

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Creative Hands

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A Dream to Sing

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A Dream to Sing

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