I was contacted by Wish of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for senior citizens. At the time, I had never heard of them but quickly started scrolling around through their facebook and website and realized I would love to work with them. What they do is so special and I love that they are trying to bring back some dignity and respect for senior citizens. My Grandpa recently got to take an honor flight down to Washington DC with other WWII veterans and loved it, so I knew I’d want to be a part of something like that for someone else.
Chuck was a sweet man. After being denied playing sports as a child due to his size, he spent his youth making soap box derby cars and had always dreamed of traveling to Akron to watch the championships. It was a super hot day and the sun was just beating down but he never once complained. The entire time I was there, he chatted and was friendly. He’d talk about boats he built, his family, and asked lots of questions about me as well. He definitely wanted to make sure I was enjoying myself and comfortable. He got the privilege to sit right on the starting line and you’d often hear him telling the kids “Good luck” as they were climbing in their cars. I can see why he was picked to grant a wish, he was a special man.
Below are pictures from his special day.