CLEVELAND – This is the final weekend Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will play as the Cleveland Indians.
Seeing the team play one last time at home under the name was on the wish list of a 96-year-old Lakewood woman who is a lifelong Indian fanatic.
On Saturday she was able to strike out the item.
“I can’t wait to get upstairs in my wheelchair and sit there!” Said Vernice Evancho.
Evancho considers himself a member of the tribe.
âShe loves the Indians, she loves them. You and my father watched her forever, âsaid Charlotte Evancho, Vernice’s daughter.
So the entire Evancho family became members of the tribe again. It stayed that way for generations, even after Mike Evancho, Vernice’s husband, died in 1997.
On Saturday, the family traveled downtown as Indians for one of the team’s final games.
Vernice isn’t a fan of the upcoming name change, so it was on her bucket list to see her one more time at home before it comes to that.
“I wanted to bring her here so she could take pictures and we told a few people about it and they left and they really surprised us, gave us the shock of our lives,” said Charlotte Evancho.
Vernice has dementia. Charlotte takes care of her all day with the help of the palliative care team in the hospice of the Western Reserve.
The Vernice social worker heard about the bucket list and referred her to the agency’s Moments to Remember program, which focuses on improving the quality of life for hospice patients by giving them the opportunity to fulfill a special wish or wish permit.
You got Vernice’s wish in just a week or so.
âWell, I’m not going to lie, I thought you were kidding. And they said, ‘No, that’s it!’ âSaid Charlotte Evancho.
The agency didn’t just get away with tickets; An anonymous donor connected the entire Evancho family to a suite just behind home plate.
âOh, you win tonight, I know! My feet are getting hot! âSaid Vernice Evancho.
Vernice’s daughter, grandchildren, and one of her great-grandchildren joined her in the suite. The gift is exactly what they all need after a tough year.
âI had heart surgery. And we’ve had some family problems, my son was diagnosed with cancer and he’s done. It’s good, âsaid Charlotte Evancho.
All of this has made all of them even more aware of the importance of family and want to appreciate theirs now more than ever.
âEvery family has problems. But it’s great to bring families together and do things that you know. And that’s a blessing and fantastic, âsaid Charlotte Evancho.
Jade Jarvis is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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