Wish Program


To Donate

If you would like to make a donation to support the Wish Program,  please enter “Wish Program” in the comments box. Or you can write a check to Agrace, note “Wish Program” in the memo line and mail to Agrace, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison WI 53711. 


Inspired by the story of Agrace patient, Ed Struve (see below), long-time volunteer Susan Richardson and her husband, Matt, have partnered with Agrace to create the Wish Program, a new way for community donors, staff and volunteers to work together to grant patients’ end-of-life wishes. Through this program, Agrace seeks to bring patient’s wishes to fruition by providing monetary support and logistical coordination.

Who is Eligible for the Program?

All Agrace patients who are unable to fulfill their end-of-life wishes without monetary and/or logistical assistance from the Wish Program are eligible.

Patient wishes vary but a wish can be something a patient has not been able to attain during his or her lifetime and always wanted to, something that he or she cannot afford or simply a final desire.

The fulfillment of wishes is not funded by Medicare, Medicaid or general donations to Agrace. The program relies on the generosity of a group of private donors, and the availability of in-kind goods and/or services.

Patient Experiences and Lasting Memories

A Dream Fulfilled

Agrace patient, Ed Struve, mentioned that before he died, he wished he could spend time with a horse. Ed had grown up on a ranch and had been around horses most of his life. Through the combined efforts of his Agrace team, Legacy Gardens staff, Kari Sasso of the UW–Madison Police Department and her horse, Vegas, Ed got his wish two days later. It was quite a sight to see the frail but happy man and the gentle horse together. Ed died the next day, his dream fulfilled.


Special Time Spent Together

Trygve and Lila Benson, married 55 years, spent a day with their family at Coachman’s Resort and at Lila’s family farm, thanks to the Agrace Wish program.  Click here to share Trygve and Lila’s experience.


A Taste of Hawaii

During her initial meeting with the care team, Adeline shared that she had always wanted to travel, but since her husband did not share her wanderlust, she was never able to do so.  When her husband died, she thought of taking a trip to Hawaii, but life and health circumstances didn’t allow for that. Adeline’s care team discussed what they could do to make her wish come true and out of their efforts “A Taste of Hawaii” was born. Adeline received a beautiful orchid plant, an authentic lei that arrived fresh from Hawaii, and a special menu including coconut macaroons, a tropical fruit arrangement, and several kinds of macadamia nuts and dried fruit. Adeline also watched a video about Hawaii. The Agrace care team even helped decorate the Oakwood East activity room with touches of Hawaii, including a pool filled with sand!


Basketball Practice with Coach Ryan

Carl, a long-time high school basketball coach and athletic director from Green Bay, missed the gym – the sounds and energy of young athletes, the discipline of a good practice, the smell of sweat in the air and the pounding noise of bouncing basketballs. His wish was simple..he just wanted to be in a gym; to observe a basketball practice and to relive a memory of coaching a sport he loved. The Agrace Wish Program reached out to Coach Ryan,of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team and without hesitation, he eagerly agreed to help fulfill Carl’s wish. A full afternoon started with a gift card to lunch at the Nitty Gritty (a popular sports bar near the Kohl Center in Madison) for Carl, his wife and son, followed by an opportunity to watch Coach Ryan put his team through a two-hour practice, a handshake with every member of the team and a chance to “talk basketball” with Coach Ryan for twenty minutes after the practice. The visit ended with Coach Ryan surprising Carl with two courtside tickets to the team’s next game, which, ironically was against UW-Green Bay.


Bringing Joy to the End-of-Life, One Wish At a Time!