Sometimes it’s the simplest wishes that have the greatest impact. Thomas, 71, has lived in Oklahoma for his entire life. A proud and devoted fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thomas loves how hard the team plays and feels they represent his city well. He never misses a game on TV but Thomas had never been to a professional basketball game before. This military veteran’s only wish was to attend an Oklahoma City Thunder home basketball game.
After serving in the army Thomas felt compelled to continue service to his country. Thomas spent many years working at the suicide hotline and volunteering for the Oklahoma JC’s to help raise money for a local deaf school. Thomas is currently close to his brother Vernon but unfortunately Vernon’s health has declined over the years. Both passionate supporters of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thomas couldn’t think of a better person with whom to share this experience. “This wish would inspire older adults to share their lifelong passions, whatever they may be, with those who are most important to them,” Thomas said.
Wish of a Lifetime was proud to honor his fervent service to his country and its many vulnerable populations. On Friday March 11th, 2016, Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living partnered to send Thomas and his brother to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The brothers were escorted by a private car company, received a pre-game tour of the stadium, ate dinner in one of the stadium’s nicest restaurants and watched the players warm up before the game. Thomas and Vernon both expressed appreciation for a wonderful night.
Wish of a Lifetime was privileged to help create new and happy memories for these incredible brothers.