From the Pages of a Storybook to Real Life

From the Pages of a Storybook to Real Life

Anyone who has spent time reading books to and with young children understands the magic of being transported to faraway, often imaginary lands. It is one woman’s lifetime wish to visit the faraway land she and her daughter enjoyed reading about together in “Anne of Green Gables.”

Annie “Laura” Bennett, now 82 years of age, has been a fan of the tale of a spunky girl sent from an orphanage to live with an elderly brother and sister who were expecting a boy to help on their farm. Not only did Mrs. Bennett and her daughter read the book together, but they also watched the miniseries in the 1980s. Mrs. Bennett has been dreaming of a visit to Prince Edward Island, where the story and show were set, ever since.

What once seemed like a childhood fantasy is about to come true with Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit organization that fulfills experiences for seniors in order to bring new meaning to their lives. It requires donations to make wishes like this come true.

An extravagant excursion to a storybook land didn’t happen before now as Mrs. Bennett kept herself busy raising her children and helping others in her community. In addition to volunteering at her children’s schools, she was active with an adoption agency through her church. In this volunteer role, she checked up on children who had been placed for adoption.

When Mrs. Bennett’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, congestive heart failure and end-stage kidney disease, she became his full-time caregiver. Like many family caregivers, she kept up her responsibilities to her husband until her own health began to suffer. She is now living with dementia.

Despite her setbacks, Mrs. Bennett, much like her beloved and plucky storybook character, continues to volunteer with her church and check on homebound seniors regularly.

Now Mrs. Bennett is hoping for a bit of magic in her own life to make the trip to Prince Edward Island with her daughter and revisit those happier memories they made so long ago.

Anyone can be part of making this wish come true! Click here to help Mrs. Bennett and other deserving seniors make their longtime dreams a reality.

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