Opal's Dream Foundation grants nursing home residents' wishes


by Rachel Platt


Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 6:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Inside Golden Living Hillcreek on Breckinridge Lane a golden moment occurred.

Jerry Stith told residents he was there to make sure they have what they need and want in a nursing home.

They're getting the gift of music from Opal's Dream Foundation.

The gift is a jukebox for the residents who live there and it's music to their ears.

The room came alive . . . yes, to the sound of music.

Feet moved, people laughed and more importantly, residents smiled.

Nursing Director Kathy Hanson said it's great therapy.

Take Robert Fields, for example. He suffered a stroke, but this music has him ready to get back on his feet. He said it motivates him.

Opal's Dream Foundation donated the jukebox and a big screen TV so residents can watch movies.

The foundation started two years ago after Opal Grubbs died before fulfilling her wish to see the ocean.

Jerry Stith and others knew her story and said never again, so they began granting wishes at local nursing homes.

At Georgetown Manor, Tommy Borrow got lunch with legendary jockey Pat Day and Mark Craven got a new wheelchair.

Debbie Thrasher, who works there, thought Jerry and his foundation were too good to be true, but it turns out, they aren't.

Jerry Stith said he got the word from above and he's spreading the light one dream at a time.

For more information on Opal's Dream Foundation, click here.

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