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Wish of a Lifetime from AARP
September 3rd, 2020

AARP’s Newest Charitable Affiliate Helps Older Adults Achieve Lifelong Dreams

AARP, the national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., is joining forces with the Colorado-based charity Wish of a Lifetime to help older adults fulfill their lifelong dreams. Since its founding in 2008, Wish of a Lifetime has made over two thousand wishes come true for older residents of all 50 states and D.C. It has now rebranded as “Wish of a Lifetime from AARP,” a change that took effect in August 2020.

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP continues to accept wish nominations online at www.wishofalifetime.org . During the coronavirus crisis, Wish of a lifetime has modified its wish-granting program to focus on virtual wishes and wishes that can happen safely within recipients’ homes and communities.

Recent wish recipients include:

Marguerite Miller, 92, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: As a 12-year-old, Miller survived the Nazi invasion of France in 1940 and worked alongside her mother to hide Allied pilots downed over her homeland. Her experiences fueled a lifelong aspiration to skydive, which Wish of a Lifetime helped her to fulfill.

Bertha Nunn, 87, of Waldorf, Md.: Nunn’s family caregiving responsibilities took priority over her childhood dream of being an actress. Through Wish of a Lifetime, Nunn got to appear in a television commercial for Crest toothpaste, which aired last December. She said of the experience: “When we get up in age, we’re just thrown away. But this is something we can do in our 80s.”

Salvatore Reale, 90, of Seminole, Fla.: The Bronx native and retired firefighter, now living in Florida, has been a Yankees fan since 1936. Wish of a Lifetime helped Reale return to Ladder 136, his old fire station, which honored him for his service. Then, he threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game.

With nearly 38 million members, the nation’s most-read magazine and many other communications channels, AARP has already begun to bring a national spotlight to older adults who dream and those who want to help make those dreams come true.

  

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