Betty Crowley Received her Wish of Riding in a Race Car Thanks to Brookdale and Wish of a Lifetime

09 May 2018

Three years ago, thrill seeker Betty Crowley suffered a stroke at the age of 80 that left her without full use of the right side of her body. But this hasn’t stopped her desire to pursue adventurous feats like skydiving, hot air balloon rides, and riding roller coasters. Most recently, she fulfilled her Wish of a Lifetime of riding in a race car.

“I have always been an adventurous person,” said Betty. “Having these experiences is how I stay active despite my physical limitations.”

Before her stroke, Betty’s wanderlust and adventurous spirit saw her travel around the country with her husband Jim in their RV for nearly 12 years. She now resides at Brookdale Bakersfield in California where she is an active member of the community. Alicia Garzon, resident programs coordinator at Brookdale Bakersfield, loves hearing about Betty’s most recent adventures during activities, and one day she learned that it was Betty’s wish to ride in a race car. That is when Alicia contacted Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit dedicated to shifting the way society views and values the oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ wishes. Alicia nominated Betty, and before they knew it, Betty was on her way to burn some rubber.

On Saturday, March 31, Betty received her wish when she rode in a race car at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Fontana, California. Her family came out to cheer her on as she zoomed around the track at top speeds. She even had her nails painted with a checkered flag and the number four in honor of her favorite driver, Kevin Harvick. The experience fulfilled Betty’s need for speed and demonstrates that anything is possible despite the challenges life brings.

When asked what she had planned for her next adventure she responded, “I think I would like to go fly in a fighter jet!”

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