Dream Comes True for 87-Year-Old WWII Vet in Bloomington, Illinois at the hands of Passages Hospice

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Passages Hospice (http://www.passageshospice.com) grants wishes to their patients if they are able. Albert Wilson, a veteran of the Army Airforce, hasn't flown in many years. Passages granted his wish of flying again in a short flight around Central Illinois.

Dream Comes True for WWII Vet

For adults and children alike, Disneyland is the place where dreams come true. What about the people who can't make it there? Where do their dreams come true? On Wednesday September 3rd, a dream came true for Albert Wilson, a former fighter pilot coach in World War II. Wilson, a resident of Heritage Manor in Bloomington and Passages Hospice patient, realized his dream to fly a plane again. He was accompanied by his daughter, Janice Crosiar, and special life-long friend Mary Kretzer -- her first flight in a plane ever.

Wilson enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 and served for three years until 1946. He flew P 51s, P40s and P39s and was a instructor for pilots for those aircraft in the Army. He was a farmer before enlisting, and after being discharged from the Army became an antique radio/television repair man and owned his own repair shop. He also built his family home in El Paso, Illinois.

Elegant Limousine in Bloomington donated transportation for the special trip, which arrived at Heritage Manor around 12:30 to take Wilson, his daughter, and life-long friend to spend the day flying and visiting the Prairie Aviation Museum. Image Air, located just west of Central Illinois Regional Airport, provided the flight for Wilson and his loved ones; a one hour scenic tour of Central Illinois, which Wilson was allowed to fly the plane through most of the flight.

"Mike (the pilot) leaned back and said 'just to let you know I am not flying the plane and haven't been for some time'," Crosiar said with a laugh. "I knew Dad would be able to figure it out all over again, and it was like he had never stopped flying!"

After their flight, which had an interesting ending with a brake going out, they were towed back to the hangar where Wilson joked "Well this is pretty embarrassing!" Wilson and his family members walked to the Prairie Aviation Museum and enjoyed looking at the exhibits, seeing the planes outside and practicing on a flight simulator. By the end of the afternoon, Wilson was tired and extremely happy with his day of flying. Crosiar and Kretzer both were ecstatic with the day's activities.

Wilson who has been a resident of Heritage Manor for a little over a year has been a patient of Passages Hospice since the beginning of August. Passages grants wishes to their patients who are able and Wilson is the second patient of Passages at Heritage to have a wish granted.

Passages Hospice started working with Heritage Manor, Bloomington, in May, and has had great success within the facility. A relatively young company, started in 2003, Passages has expanded from their corporate headquarters in Elgin, into the southern suburbs of Chicago, Peoria, and as far south as Springfield, IL. Passages Hospice focuses on "patient and family" care tailoring their care to what families and patients want. They also focus on what the nursing homes would like as well by adjusting their schedules to the facilities they work in. Passages Hospice has only been in the central Illinois area since April, but already making a big statement by their "Patient and Family" focused care.

"With the help of Passages Hospice, dreams really do come true!" Crosiar gushed.

Passages Hospice, LLC has two locations; in Elgin, IL and Bloomington, IL and is a hospice company which offers service to nursing home and home residents. Services include 24 hour Continuous Care, Nursing Care, Social Work and Bereavement Counseling, Medical Supplies and Prescriptions relating to the hospice diagnosis and more.For additional information, contact (847) 695-1431 in the Chicago land area or (309) 828-8139 for the Central Illinois area, or visit http://www.passageshospice.com

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