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Gerontology Club Grants Wish

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Earl Parker has had a love for airplanes ever since he was a teenager when he began working for an airplane equipment plant in Michigan. During the war, Mr. Parker never had the opportunity to gain his pilot’s license due to macular degeneration and although he has had several experiences as the co-pilot, he wanted to be able to eventually fly a Mosquito Bomber.

In May of 2017 the gerontology club raised over $500.00 to help Mr. Parker fulfill his dream of seeing a Mosquito airplane for the first time in his life. Mr. Parker was able to attend the Warbird’s over the Beach airshow, get a special tour of the Warbird’s museum, and climb into the cockpit himself to picture what it may have been like to fly such an incredible piece of machinery. His daughter was there to accompany him as well on the trip.

The club has had connections with Wish of a Lifetime for the past two years and hopes to continue working with the organization in the future to grant the wishes of other senior citizens across the country.

When asked how an organization like this benefits the Gerontology club and its members at K-State as well as life after college, club member Kayla Cooney said, “I think fundraising is beneficial because it helps gerontology students be active on campus and raise money for a good cause. This experience is great for after college because it gave me experience in organizing events and how to go about receiving funds for future events in my professional life”.

As found on their website, Wish of a Lifetime organization aims “To shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.” More information can be found by visiting their website at www.wishofalifetime.org.


This article was posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News.