October 21, 2014

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May I have this dance?

Kathleen Totter-Smith dances with her son, David Sheldon, at a "senior" prom at Wadsworth High School on Saturday. Totter-Smith, who lives at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina, made a wish to dance that was granted by the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Kathleen Totter-Smith dances with her son, David Sheldon, at a “senior” prom at Wadsworth High School on Saturday. Totter-Smith, who lives at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina, made a wish to dance that was granted by the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

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.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.