Adolph was born in Portland, Oregon but moved to Omaha in 1947 with his sister when his parents divorced, he was just five years old. He vividly remembers arriving at Union Station, what is now Durham Museum. He lived with his aunt, uncle, grandparents, and father in a “big yellow house” in the country before moving to Albion. Adolph remembers he didn’t have electricity at the “big yellow house”. Characin lamps scattered the home and a game of tag ended at sunset.
In 1952, when his father remarried Louise, a wonderful woman they moved to Fremont. Adolph enjoyed his years in Fremont. In 1959, when Adolph was 17 years old, his father took him to his first horserace in Columbus. He was hooked! Adolph and his dad loved traveling across Nebraska to Fonner Park in Grand Island, but watching horses run at Aksarben was their favorite track. Every Saturday, Adolph and his dad watched the races together; it became a weekly event!
Then in 1969, Adolph decided he wanted a different view, a Rocky Mountain view. He spent a couple years in the Boulder and Denver area before moving to San Francisco for a few months, then Salt Lake City and back to Denver for five more years. When Adolph received a call that his dad needed him, he immediately left Denver and returned to Fremont. His dad was suffering from internal bleeding and passed away in 1989.
Adolph always says, “I have a lot to be thankful for.”
April, Director of Social Services, at Florence Home nominated Adolph to fulfill his dream of having a good Mexican lunch, but after chatting with Adolph Dreamweaver Foundation uncovered his love for horse racing. After months of waiting until Adolph received the go-ahead from his Physician, it was finally time to head to Horsemen’s Park to bet on horse races at his favorite track, Belmont. And, as a bonus, it just so happened tacos were on special that day!
It has been at least three years since Adolph has stepped into Horsemen’s Park. He said, memories flooded back as he looked around, he even thought he recognized a few familiar faces. Adolph enjoyed an afternoon at Horsemen’s Park with his friend, Rita. He didn’t win the payouts, but he came close almost every time. He was out of practice since it had been so long, but he got back into the flow after a couple of races.
“I will never forget what Dreamweaver Foundation gave me. It means so much.”
Thank you Horsemen’s Park and Midwest Medical for helping us fulfill Adolph’s Dream.