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Assisted Living Resident Fulfills Dream

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- It was a dream come true for a resident of a Jackson assisted living facility, Monday.

Bennie Matthews, 91 a resident of Elmcroft Assisted Living Center, got to fly through a unique program called "Second Wind Dreams."

The program allows residents to again do something they have done in the past, or something they have never done before.

Dr. Jimmy Hoppers took the World War II air corps veteran, who worked on P-51 fighter planes on a flight day from McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport in Jackson.

"He is happy when he sets to do things like this," said Barry Matthews, son of Bennie Matthews. "He feels independent and feels like he is free of all burdens he has during the day."

Elmcroft officials said they were happy to make Mr. Matthews' dream comes true.

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