Oshkosh Womans Father Gets Wish Of A Lifetime

Stanley Kessman, 80, from Loveland, Colo. is a loving man with a past marred by adversity and abundant loss. In the face of life’s challenges, Stanley maintains a passion for “helping all people, no matter the situation.” Now, it is time Stanley gets help in return. Wish of a Lifetime will grant Stanley’s wish to visit his daughter Denise in Oshkosh, Wis. after over 30 years apart.   

The hardships Stanley has faced began in 1985, when his second wife died from cancer. Then in 2009, two of Stanley’s children tragically passed away.

Stanley’s daughter, Denise, 53, currently lives in Oshkosh, Wis. and is one of Stanley’s few living loved ones. As a result of financial and medical hardships, Stanley and Denise have been unable to see each other for over 30 years. Denise resides in an assisted living facility and her two daughters were placed in foster care due to Denise’s medical issues. While she is unsure of where her girls are today, she holds on to precious memories and hope that one day, the girls will reconnect with her.

Stanley believes his job on earth is not finished. He hopes telling his story and seeing Denise will give them both the solace they deserve. “It will make my goal in life complete,” Stanley says. “I need help to help my family and be supportive to my children.” To learn more about Wish of a Lifetime’s wish fulfillment program, please visit www.seniorwish.org.  


Wish of a Lifetime™ fosters respect and appreciation for deserving seniors by fulfilling their life-enriching Wishes. Founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold medalist, entrepreneur, and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother, Wish of a Lifetime has made over 1,000 Wishes come true for seniors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The organization aims to create a positive shift in the way society views and values aging by sharing the stories of its inspiring Wish recipients with those of all generations. After experiencing a wish, 93 percent of Wish recipients stated they felt their quality of life improved and 76 percent said they felt their overall health improved. To learn more about the organization or to help fulfill a senior’s Wish visit www.seniorwish.org