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Tampa native Shirley Smallwood, 84, was acknowledged in the "Jeopardy!" audience, Wednesday, Dec. 14, after having her lifetime wish granted to meet her favorite TV personality Alex Trebek and attend a taping. The wish was granted by Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, Brookdale Senior Living and "Jeopardy!"
Every weeknight, Smallwood can be found listening intently to her all-time favorite show, "Jeopardy!" Smallwood listens but cannot watch because she is blind. For the past eight years, Smallwood has run her Brookdale Grand Court Tampa community's "Jeopardy!" Club and records ideas for clues then meticulously uses her Braille machine to make cards for the game.
Two-time Olympic skier and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom founded Wish of a Lifetime in 2008 in living honor of his grandmother. Built on the premise that senior citizens should be respected, honored and aided in our society, the Foundation's mission is to inspire an entire generation and to create a cultural shift in how we view aging. Its core belief is that growing older doesn't mean an individual has to stop dreaming and living a life of purpose.
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The company owns and operates 648 communities in 36 states with the ability to serve over 67,000 residents.