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Wish of a Lifetime from AARP

Greg’s Act of Remembrance

Meet Greg, a protector of the fallen

Greg, a 67-year-old Air Force Veteran and foster parent, knows tomorrow is never promised. He solemnly laid our nation’s heroes to rest for four years as a Volunteer Honor Guard while serving at Offut Air Force Base near Omaha, NE.

In 2022, life took an unexpected turn when Greg was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma.

Despite the odds, he beat the disease, but not without sacrifice.

The shoulders and legs that once bore the weight of his brothers and sisters lost their strength, and he was left unable to walk.

He missed some of life’s most cherished moments, like being able to walk his daughter down the wedding aisle. The physical and emotional toll eroded Greg’s sense of purpose.

Yet, a fire ignited within him. Greg set his sights on a new act of remembrance. The impact of 9/11 had deeply affected him.

Through his battle with cancer, his longing to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives lost persisted yet remained out of reach.

This summer, thanks to supporters like you, Greg will embark on a pilgrimage to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, a journey to a place where the echoes of heroism reverberate. Alongside his wife, Denise, he will once again pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As Greg takes in the Memorial, he’ll feel the weight of the fallen’s sacrifice and the light cast by individuals like you, who make his wish possible.

Acutely aware that tomorrow is never promised, Greg will draw renewed purpose and find strength in the memory of the fallen and the threads of service that bind them.

By donating and supporting this wish and others like it, you honor Greg—a living testament to perseverance and selflessness—and prove that we are at our strongest when we come together.

Donate in Greg’s honor

We need you. You can be the bridge to unbridled hope and joy. A gift to Wish of a Lifetime in honor of Greg extends far beyond a donation.

It will forever change Greg’s life and the lives of others like him.

Meet veterans with wishes that need support

In their later years, veterans face barriers to pursuing happiness, including physical and mental health challenges, financial vulnerability, limited social networks, coping with traumatic memories, and more.

Yet, we know the life-changing power of a fulfilled wish! Discover the stories of four veterans and how you can change their lives forever.

Carolyn yearns to fulfill a dream from her USAF meteorological career.

John wants to visit his beloved hometown on Memorial Day weekend.

Toki hopes to create healing and build legacy by uniting two families.

Roy dreams of exploring his Cherokee heritage with his granddaughters.


Help share Greg’s compelling story