Sally Lepis, 102, who lives independently at St. Joseph’s Village in Selden, a subsidized housing complex, was granted her wish for new hearing aids by Senior Dreams Come True. The nonprofit program founded and run by the elder law firm Cona Elder Law, Melville, benefits low income seniors on Long Island by granting wishes – from helping a senior meet basic needs to fulfilling a lifelong dream. The program especially looks to grant wishes for seniors who have given back to their communities or helped others in their lifetime.
With significant hearing loss, Sally couldn’t afford to replace her more than 25 year old hearing aids. Whether speaking to one person or in a group, she has difficulty communicating.
To fulfill Sally’s wish, Senior Dreams reached out to David Carr, owner and director of McGuire’s Hearing Center headquartered in Centereach with 10 facilities in the New York City and LI areas. He agreed to donate two of the most advanced small, custom in-canal hearing aids plus four appointments with the audiologist to do testing, programming and fine tuning of the devices. The total cost for the two hearing aids and audiology services is $7,500.
“I was intrigued with this important program to help seniors and the amazing story of Mrs. Lepis and her family,” said David. For many years, he has helped seniors in need throughout the U.S. by donating hearing aids to the less fortunate through a program he started called the Foundation for Sight and Sound.
Sally is often referred to as “Mother Theresa” by her family. “No one is more deserving of a Senior Dreams wish than Sally who has devoted her life to caring for many family members and friends while coping with her own sadness and losses she has endured,” said her niece Olivia.
As the anchor for her family, Sally always has a positive attitude no matter what personal hardships she goes through. When Sally was 57, her husband died. She also lost her twin sister at a young age and raised her then 14 year old niece Olivia in her home.
When she was a young girl, Sally worked as a seamstress and only recently got rid of her Singer Sewing Machine. When her husband died, she worked at B Altman Department Store in Manhasset as a sales clerk before retiring.
Before Sally stopped driving at age 95, she did her best to care for friends by driving them to doctor’s appointments. She even saved a friend’s life when she found her stuck in a bathtub for several days.
“Mrs. Lepis has given so much of herself over the years to friends, family and those in need in her community,” says Jennifer Cona, managing partner of Cona Elder Law, LLP. “She is exactly the kind of person for whom Senior Dreams Come True seeks to grant wishes. We are so pleased to partner with McGuire’s Hearing Center who so generously donated the hearing aids and the audiology services to grant this wish.”
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