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Generous Donations Raise Lois to New Heights

You’re probably familiar with the classic Disney tune, “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” From a 16 year old wanting to pass their drivers test to a surfer riding their first wave, anything is possible. What about a 100 year old rising to the skies in a hot air balloon? Sound crazy? Well, this event and several other ambitious dreams have been checked off of our Cantata residents’ bucket lists thanks to generous donations from people like you!

Lois, a Woodlands resident at Cantata, soared high in her first-ever hot air balloon ride this past summer. Accompanied by her son, the hot air balloon took off and Lois had a blast!
She’s always been an adventurous individual and loved traveling with her husband so it was no surprise that her bucket list goal was to ride in one of the balloons. She is so fearless that the height couldn’t stop her!

Why on earth would Lois want to ride in a hot air balloon? For a while, Lois made yearly trips to partake in a powered parachute ride (in her eighties!). She loved the thrill but hadn’t been able to go on one of those rides for quite a few years. Lois always enjoyed seeing things all around her from greater heights but with limited access to achieve her dream of getting in the sky, Cantata wanted to make sure those rides weren’t her last opportunity in the air.

She wanted to get a second glimpse of the earth below her and decided to set off to accomplish her bucket list goal. When Lois found out that her bucket list item was chosen, she couldn’t believe it. She was so excited that she called her family right away to share the great news.

At 5:30am on a semi-windy day, Lois woke up and was determined to make sure she was able to achieve another dream. Her family drove her to Lisle, where the balloon was waiting.

Lois was absolutely amazed that she didn’t need to get out of her wheelchair to enjoy the ride and her son explained that she was in awe once the balloon had set sail. When asked about her mother’s experience, Lois’ son, Mike, said, “Lois is not the kind of person to sit around. She does something first and thinks about it later. It was so gratifying to see someone accomplish something remarkable after 100 years.”

Lois even received a special pin and certificate for accomplishing her balloon adventure. The look in her eyes while gazing at her new award was the icing on the cake: she did it!

The entire experience was rewarding not just for for Lois, but also for her family. If you’d like to donate and help one of our resident’s check something off of their bucket list, please call George Columbus at 708-387-8366 or or send an email to These dreams wouldn’t be possible without your help.