A woman at a Medina assisted-living residence told officials there that she wanted to dance again — so they did her one better.
Kathleen Totter-Smith had her wish granted last Saturday when her son surprised her by accompanying her to a “senior” prom at Wadsworth High School put on by Soprema Senior Care Center.
Dinah Lambert, activities director at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina where Totter-Smith lives, said, “It was really sweet. She just kept saying she was so glad that he came.”
Lambert said Totter-Smith’s son, Medina attorney David Sheldon, volunteered to come when Lambert mentioned to him that they were putting on the event.
The wish-granting was part of the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization, which fulfills the dreams of elderly people. According to its website, many people don’t wish for anything extravagant; they make simple wishes like attending a sporting event or going to the beach.
Lambert said Totter-Smith’s experience with the nonprofit was heartwarming.
“She really, really enjoyed the evening. I’ve never seen her so happy in my life,” Lambert said of Totter-Smith, who’s been at Elmcroft about two years. “She got to go dancing, which apparently in her younger years she went dancing all the time.
“And I could tell that her son really enjoyed it, too.”
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