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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Al Prochnow, a 102-year-old Prairie du Sac resident and veteran, recently had a wish come true when he received a private concert from local country music musician Maggie Mae.
“Al is such a sweet man, very gentlemanly,” says Laura Burden, Al’s Agrace HospiceCare social worker. “He is blind, but loves music and listens to it constantly on TV music stations. He loves all music, but Maggie Mae is his favorite. She is the only non-family photo hanging in his room!”
Al has lived at The Pines Assisted Living facility the past four years and is beloved by the staff working there. Laura, Al’s Agrace social worker, contacted Tracy Buglass in the Agrace Foundation to see if the Agrace Wish Program could fulfill Al’s wish to meet Maggie Mae.
During her special visit, Maggie spent over a half hour singing and talking to Al. “She has a beautiful voice,” says Tracy Buglass, who coordinates Agrace patient ‘wishes’ and was there for the performance. “We are so lucky to do the work we do and to be able to provide a patient and their family with a precious memory such as this,” says Buglass. “Thank you to everyone who made this happen, especially Maggie Mae.”
Agrace expanded from Dane county to begin serving Sauk, Iowa and Columbia counties in 2013. Since then, Agrace’s Baraboo-based team, working from its 1670 South Boulevard office in Baraboo, has grown to serve more than 100 local hospice patients and their families each day.