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“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – B. C. Forbes

Marcia, 65, is a woman of drive and integrity who refuses to let an obstacle keep her from living life to the fullest. 

After some major setbacks due to personal health challenges, Marcia set out to learn new things about the world. She immersed herself in studying history, politics, and sociology. Subject after subject, she sat down and taught herself every minute detail, taking notes as she went to aid her memory. Devoted to learning new things and developing new neurological connections, Marcia even went as far as to teach herself piano through a self-guided educational program. Although struggle is a part of life, Marcia recognizes that the journey is far more important than the obstacles. 

When she’s not studying, Marcia’s remaining time and energy is poured into the community around her. She helps out at her local food drive, volunteers at her local strawberry festival, and is always there for her community members when they need it most. Marcia is intelligent and optimistic, with a kind, beautiful heart. 


Marcia recently turned her focus of study to one of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Her hunger for new information about him led her to discover Hamilton the Musical. She quickly fell in love with it, memorizing the musical’s CD beginning to end. She said, “Hamilton is rap for the older people.”

Marcia had never been to a theatrical performance before, but had always wanted to go. In proud partnership with GHC Housing Partners, Wish of a Lifetime was honored to give back to Marcia the way she gives back to others.

On February 17th, 2019, Marcia’s wish was granted as she attended Hamilton the Musical with her long time friend, Mary. When asked about her biggest obstacle of the night, Marcia shared it was, “Trying not to sing along, [and] having to mouth the words.”