12:00 AM SEP 17, 2017
Up until a dozen years ago, Marilyn Cramer played the French horn in the Johnstown Symphony.
Now, Ms. Cramer is 85 years old and uses a wheelchair. A resident at Orion Personal Care Residence in Hampton, she has dementia and Parkinson’s disease. A recent stroke has further limited her ability to speak.
On Saturday, Ms. Cramer attended the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala, thanks to the Dream Foundation, an organization dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life dreams of terminally ill adults with less than a year to live.
“We wanted to do something special for her,” said Brandi Bankston, administrator of Orion Personal Care Home. Ms. Bankston planned to attend the concert with Ms. Cramer as well as Cindy Toy, another caretaker at Orion. “She doesn’t vocalize much, but when we told her that we were taking her to the symphony she lit up the room with the biggest smile.”