When asked the one thing she wanted to do if given the chance, Kathleen Wright turned to her husband and stated, "I would marry this man all over again.” Thanks to Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime, Wright did just that on Sat., Oct. 20, renewing vows with husband George after 65 years of marriage during the wedding they always wanted. The Wrights are residents at Homewood at Cleveland Park, a Brookdale Senior Living assisted living community.
The couple, who celebrate 65 years of marriage on October 21, was introduced by cousins. Wright worked as a nurse, but lost her job after the couple eloped, foregoing a traditional wedding ceremony. At the time, nurses weren’t allowed to be married, but Wright returned to the profession once rules changed, working in the field 45 years.
Wright has spent her entire life caring for others. She was a volunteer nurse for an Anderson clinic for several years. In addition to caring for George, Wright currently helps other residents with their errands and is the new resident greeter at the community.
In 2010, Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime formed a partnership to provide a helping hand in making some of the dreams of Brookdale’s residents come true. To request a wish, residents fill out a wish application explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled. Residents at Brookdale Senior Living communities nationwide are invited to share and submit their wishes at www.seniorwish.org. The fulfillment of wishes aligns with Brookdale’s Optimum Life® platform, which cultivates whole-person wellness through six key dimensions: purposeful, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. Since the partnership’s inception, more than 250 Brookdale seniors have had their wish granted.