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Levittown Senior Has Wish to Meet Philadelphia Eagles Player Granted

Wish recipient Katharyn Reid with Mike Quick.
Wish recipient Katharyn Reid with Mike Quick.

Levittown resident Katharyn Reid was the recent recipient of a surprise visit from former Eagles wide receiver and broadcaster, Mike Quick, thanks to Doylestown-headquartered nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles organization.

Reid, 84, has been an avid Eagles’ fan for decades, even painting her living room “Eagles’ Green.”  This mother of eight, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother to 17, with one more great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild on the way, is well known in her family for her loyalty to her beloved Eagles.  In fact, there is “no chit-chatting allowed” by her during the games.  Sadly, Reid is battling brain cancer and currently undergoing chemotherapy.  To boost her spirits, her daughter, Nancy Sherlock, submitted a wish request on her behalf, writing that a visit from a Philadelphia Eagles’ player would provide a much-needed respite from her medical treatments. 

When the Eagles heard of Reid’s story, they jumped at the chance to brighten this deserving senior’s day and arranged to have former Eagles player Mike Quick and a cheerleader visit Reid and make her wish come true. In addition to the visit from Quick, the Eagles’ organization also brought her a gift bag with a jersey and other Eagles items and arranged to have Jeremy Maclin record a special video message just for Reid which was shown to her that day. One of the highlights of the surprise visit was when Quick put broadcast partner Merrill Reese on speaker phone to speak with Reid!  Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles and to Mike Quick for granting this wish for such a deserving senior.  Thanks also to Steve Brown of Looking Glass Photography for donating his time and services for this wish.

Twilight Wish Foundation is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving elders through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Since its founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,100 individual wishes to seniors throughout the U.S.  Twilight Wish grants wishes to seniors who are 68 and older or a permanent resident of a nursing home and earn less than 200% of poverty level.  If you would like to nominate a deserving senior or get involved with Twilight Wish, please visit the website at www.twilightwish.org or call 215-230-8777 ext. 104.

Photos courtesy of Steve Brown of Looking Glass Photography.

 

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