As friends and family of Wendy Phelps entered the room, they slipped on life preservers as a show of solidarity. They gathered at the Cancer Care Centers of South Texas recently to honor Phelps, who has had six recurrences of breast cancer since she was diagnosed in September 2000.
She arrived with her father, William Phelps, and older sister, Wanda Phelps. Several nurses lined up to hug Phelps, who has arrived for treatments for the past 11 years shouting, “All right, let’s get this show on the road!”
Garden Court Resident’s Dream Comes True with Trip to ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’
As a huge fan of Harry Potter, Cincotta was thrilled to learn her dream of visiting the Harry Potter-themed amusement park was granted by the Dream Foundation. She and her daughter, Tammy, were provided flights, accommodations and passes, and a travel bag of goodies to the Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World theme parks.
Garden Court’s Resident Council, which includes all residents at Garden Court, unanimously voted to also provide Cincotta with $500 for meals and additional expenses. The funds from the Resident Council are gathered through resident-run fundraising efforts, such as bake sales and crafts sold at holiday fairs, and reserved to assist residents in a time of need. Funds are also donated to causes in the community.
Monkey Helps Make Metro Man’s Final Wish Come True
OLATHE, Kan.— The family of 97-year-old Jessie Cole of Olathe say that he is dying. His pacemaker is failing, and that there isn’t any way to replace it. He also lost his wife of 73 years earlier this year, leaving him heartbroken. But on Thursday afternoon, a group that grants dying wishes to adults made one of his dreams come true – thanks to a little help from a monkey.
Montecito’s Jarryd Commerford is always up for a challenge. The 24-year-old for- mer George Washington University student, whose grandfather, Stan Fishman, is one of the founding members of the popular Santa Barbara charity, the Dream Foundation, is joining his former classmate, Philadelphia based Simon Linsley, 23, in one of the world’s most challenging races in Shillong, Meghalaya, one of India’s smallest states, in September.
The 14-day, 2,000-mile race to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is done in a three-wheeled rickshaw known as a tuk-tuk, powered by a seven-horse- power lawnmower engine, which can go up to 30 mph on flat roads, but, as Jarryd loudly laughs, “unlimited downhill!”
Aquarium visit, stay at hotel give family gift of time together