On April 29, 2015, Martin Biesenberger, a resident at Life Care Center of Westminster, Colorado, flew out to Wisconsin to fulfill his dream.
Biesenberger had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and his daughter, Marlane Garcia, knew that he wanted to see his granddaughter and her family again, and especially to go fishing with his great-grandchildren. She wanted to help make this happen and nominated her father for the Wish of a Lifetime program through SeniorWish.org.
Wish of a Lifetime’s mission is to fulfill wishes for seniors who cannot meet them for themselves. After reviewing the application, the organization decided to grant Biesenberger’s wish.
Biesenberger got health clearance from his doctor, and associates from Life Care Center of Westminster helped him prepare for his trip – from getting his medications ready to helping him pack to arranging transportation to the airport.
Thanks to generous donations, Wish of a Lifetime was able to pay for Biesenberger to fly out to Wisconsin for a week. He stayed with his granddaughter’s family and had the chance to teach his great-grandchildren how to fish. He also played catch with them, took a pontoon boat trip on the chain of lakes and did some light sightseeing. Mostly, he simply enjoyed spending time with his family.
“He just kept saying he loved it and was so happy he was able to go,” said Garcia.
Born in Germany in 1921, Biesenberger came to the United States with his family when he was 7 years old. He earned his citizenship when he was 20 and joined the U.S. Navy. Because of his country of origin, he was not allowed to fight on the European front, but he served in the Pacific and earned several awards and ribbons.
Biesenberger discharged from the Navy after six years, married and began a career as a truck driver, which he did for more than 30 years.
“I love my father and love what he has done for this great country of ours and how he has lived his life, always a hard worker,” said Garcia. “This trip was his final wish. He passed away two weeks after his return to Denver. Once again, Life Care Center of Westminster was a godsend to my father and his family, and if there are awards to be given for nursing care facilities, it is certainly deserved by Life Care Center of Westminster.”