What is A Simple Wish? Often as a response to our patients’ requests, KeystoneCare may plan a trip, arrange a special visit or serve special food. These occasions are part of our mission to assure end-of-life patients enriched and joyful experiences. Here are some special patients’ testimonials.
Jai was a remarkable dancer, ballet master and choreographer who performed for over 30 years with the Paris Opera, other opera houses, and dance companies throughout Europe. In June 2004, Jai was first admitted to Keystone House. He was a frail 96 pound HIV/AIDS patient; barely able to care for himself. On August 17th, his 65th birthday, Jai requested to perform a final dance for his mother, as she had never shared this experience with him. The Keystone House staff created a stage, transported his mother from her home in Camden, NJ and created an evening of entertainment under the stars for 100 people from the community. Mother and son were finally united, and hearts were touched by Jai making this night, the dance of his life. On the same night, Jai was surprised with a “birthday present” – to participate in a new opportunity for aggressive treatment of his disease. Although treatment proved difficult for a few months, Jai grew strong and left Keystone House. He returned to live in the community, taught dance to children, and worked as a caregiver for the infirm. In 2015, 11 years after leaving Keystone House, Jai past away from lung cancer. Read more about Jai Chestnut.
Dolores, a patient of KeystoneCare, was a lifelong Phillies fan. At the time, she and her family followed the career of Phillies player, Domonic Brown, enjoying his success as he moved through the ranks. Meeting Domonic Brown was Dolores’s final Bucket List wish. KeystoneCare professionals arranged for Dolores to meet her idol in her Chestnut Hill home, where he brought her a Phillies gift bag, complete with a Phillie Phanatic doll, and an autographed Domonic Brown Phillies T-shirt, and baseball. KeystoneCare says THANK YOU to Domonic Brown and the Philadelphia Phillies for their commitment to their fans!
Ever since she was a little girl, Mary always loved giraffes but she and her family never visited a zoo. When KeystoneCare staff learned about Mary’s giraffe passion, they arranged to have Mary and her family visit The Philadelphia Zoo and meet Gus, their most popular giraffe.
On this exciting visit, Mary and her family visited Gus, fed him his favorite meal of fresh leaves, then spent the rest of the day enjoying all of the Zoo animals and beautiful scenery. A special thank you to the Philadelphia Zoo for welcoming Mary and her family, making their day so special!
Bernice, a patient of KeystoneCare, received a home visit from Philadelphia Eagles’ Quarterback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
While dressed in Eagles attire, Bernice and her family enjoyed Dominique’s visit while he enjoyed signing autographs and posing for pictures with Bernice, her family and neighbors. Thank you to the Philadelphia Eagles and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for supporting their fans fulfilling Bernice’s wish to meet a Philadelphia Eagle!