Zandex’s Heart’s Desire program is modeled after the “Make a Wish” foundation. Every month at every Zandex facility, residents put special wishes into a hat and a wish is drawn out. Most wishes are easy to fulfill: lunch out with a friend; a Sunday visit to the church they attended for years, a trip to a sporting event. But sometimes the wishes are more difficult, like the gentleman who wanted to go Bungee Jumping! Yes—he went! Some of the more remarkable wishes we’ve fulfilled include:
- A Carribean cruise to swim with the dolphins
- A platinum tour of Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis
- A trip to Las Vegas to see the showgirls
- Flying a son in from across the country for a visit
- A trip to a family reunion in Tennesee
- A beach vacation with family to Ocean Isle, North Carolina
When Nick Blue asked us to grant his Heart’s Desire, we knew that his condition might not allow him to go. His wish–To see the Las Vegas show girls! In person! Even after we booked the tickets the doctors said they wouldn’t know until the last minute whether he would be able to fly. The weeks leading up the the trip Nick was full of excitement. Just hours before the flight the doctors gave the go ahead, and so, accompanied by a nurse and an aide, Nick was off to Las Vegas for the time of his life. He stayed at the Excalibur where he attended the Tournament of Kings, gambled the night away (twice) and then for the piece de resistance, real Las Vegas show girls! (I hear they had to turn up his oxygen.) Nick returned with a smile on his face that just wouldn’t quit.
From the moment Susanne Dunn heard that the Wiggles were coming to Nationwide Arena she could hardly sit still. (We think she had the wiggles.) She knew that her heart’s desire was to get a ticket to the event. Susanne’s room is filled with decor featuring her lifelong obsession with the Wiggles, especially her favorite, Yellow Wiggle Greg. So, when the night came, Susanne and the Adams Lane crew, armed with great tickets, set out to create a memory. ” It’s like a dream come true,” said Susanne as they approached the Arena. The concert did not disappoint, and naturally she came home with some memorabilia to add to her collection.
Dorothy Hambel has had a lifelong love of animals. Her heart’s desire was to go out to lunch at Tumbleweed and then spend the afternoon at the animal shelter enjoying the pets. The Adams Lane crew made it happen. See Dorothy below. The smile says it all!
Richard Miller spent many happy hours in retirement visiting with friends at the mall. In fact, a group of his friends gathered there every day for lunch. It’s no surprise that he wanted to recapture some of those memories by spending the day at the mall. Richard went shopping for clothes at JC Penney, followed by a trip to the food court where he met with some of his buddies. They talked and laughed and reminisced and just enjoyed being together again. It was clear they were glad to see their friend.