September 2, 2015

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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.


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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He has been with The Gazette since September 2012 and also serves as the newspaper's web editor. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.