Dream Come True Program
Sunshine Foundation hand delivers dream packages!
Javier's Dream Come True!
Javier, 17 with cerebral palsy received his dream come true at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children! Javier's doctor delivered the good news. The family will be receiving a dream trip to the Orlando theme parks and Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village. “We’re very excited for Javier and his family,” says Dr. McNesby. “We know that they will have a wonderful time in Orlando and we are looking forward to hearing about the trip upon their return.”
Omar's Dream Come True!
Omar, age 5 diagnosed with Down syndrome and seizures, from Beverly Hills, FL and his family are excited to be coming to the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village next week! They are looking forward to fun-filled days at Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando! A special thank you to the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners for allowing us to use the Central Ridge Community Center, and to our long-time friend, Kim, for sponsoring Omar's Dream!
Jasmine Gets a BIG Surprise
Jasmine, a nine year old from Sanford, FL and diagnosed with Sickle-Cell disease, came home to find a Dream Come True! She dreamed of a brand new bedroom, and she got it! The Batchelor Foundation out of Miami sponsored this dream of a new bed, dresser, night stand and TV! Our friends at T.J.Maxx also wanted to help enhance Jamine's dream. Employees from the stores througout Central Florida brought bedding, curtains, decor and artwork to transform her bedroom into a beautiful place for Jasmine to play and watch her favorite TV shows and movies! A special thank you to Wesh 2 News (NBC) and WKMG Local 6 News (CBS) for coming out to cover this surprise makeover! When asked what she thought of her new bedroom, Jasmine said she "had never felt like this before, so happy!"
Watch Jasmine's reaction here!
Angel's Dream Come True
Henry, a past dreamer with medically resistant epilepsy, presented Angel with her Dream Come True of attending the NOAH Conference in San Diego, CA! The conference is this Summer, and is meant to spread awareness and support for children with albinism. When Angel isn't busy at the conference making new friends and having fun, she and her family will be vacationing at Sea World! All of us at the Sunshine Foundation are very grateful to all of those who support spreading Sunshine and making dreams come true for children with special health care needs!
Brian gets his Dream Come True!
Brian, a soon-to-be 4 year old with severe autism, received his dream come true this past week. The Sunshine Foudation partnered with the LongHorn Steakhouse in Warrington, PA, to grant Brian his dream of his very own iPad! Thanks to special apps developed for children with autism, Brian will be able to make leaps and bounds in his verbal and social skills! Also, Kailyn, a 7 year old with congenital join disease arthogryposis, was crowned Little Miss Sunshine by Emily Concepcion, the Sunshine Foundation Angel! Overall, it was a wonderful night filled with dreams come true! Thanks to everyone who came out!
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Alex's Dream Come True
Alex, 8, with Bronchiopulmonary Dysplasia, a serious lung condition that has left him trach and vent dependent, was surprised by the All Volunteer Joan 'Jake' Miller Memorial Chapter with his dream come true yesterday Alex's dream was sponsored by the Chapter's Annual Cinco de Mayo Dance!
Ben's Dream Come True
Having just finished up his infusion, Ben was a bit tired but that didn't stop him from sharing that what he cannot wait to do when he gets to Florida is to see the penguins! Ben and his family will be spending a couple of days at Sea World and other theme parks while staying at Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village. Ben struggles with the challenges of having juvenile arthritis and as his mom shared, Ben looks like any other healthy 8 year old boy, but he tires easily because of his illness and cannot do the sports and activities that other children can do, which in turn can leave him out of many of the group functions other children and parents take for granted. What an awesome day! Gratitude to the Mitsouras family (family of past dream resicipent Ines) for presenting Ben with his dream package!
Pierce Aluminum Presents Xadriel's Dream Come True!
Thank you to Pierce Aluminum for hosting several fundraisers throughout the past year to answer Xadriel's dream of visiting the Dream Village and Central FL theme parks! The employees hosted a Dream Come True presentation for Xadriel and his family and presented him with some gifts as well as his dream packet!
Erik's Dream Come True
Sunshine Foundation's All Volunteer Hammonton Wishing Well Chapter recently surprised
Erik with his dream come true package. Erik is 9 years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Leonardo's Birthday Dream Come True
Leonardo celebrated his birthday by having his dream come true presented to him by Ebonie at Texas Children's Hospital. Ebonie is a past dream recipient and presented Leonardo with the good news that he is receiving a dream trip to Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village and the Central Florida attractions!
Danielle and Ava's Dream Come True
Bearing gift packages and colorful balloons, Shea, a 7 year old with Cerebral Palsy and Ron and Diane Jedlinksi from Roman Inc. will help to present Ava and Danielle, 5 year old best friends and spina bifida patients at Advocate Hope Children�s Hospital in IL with a Dream Come True. Both girls will be thrilled to learn they are visiting Orlando, Florida and the theme parks together with their families in August of this year. Sharing in this day will be their parents, grandparents, siblings, public spectators and other medical staff.
Francine is 7 years old and has severe autism and is hearing impaired. Past Sunshine Foundation dream recipient Courtney presented the good news that she will be going on a dream come true trip to Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village and the Orlando theme parks!
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Honeywell employees Char and Crystal organized an employee luncheon and ice cream social to help answer Karen's dream. Morgan's Wonderland and Sea World also contributed to this dream come true by generously providing tickets to Karen and her family. Karen is 6 years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She is looking forward to her dream trip to San Antonio to visit Sea World and Morgan's Wonderland!
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Kamden's Dream Come True
The All Volunteer MN Dream Catchers Chapter hosted a movie fundraiser. A portion of ticket sales went to answer Kamden's dream! Kamden is 6 years old and diagnosed with Arthrogryposis.
Jacah's and Ebonie's Dream Come True Presentation!
Ebonie is 4 years old and has Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus and a seizure disorder. Ebonie loves to spend time with her family, watch movies and go to school. Jacah is 5 years old and has Encephalopathy, Cerebral Palsy and suffers from seizures. Both children received great news, that they would soon be traveling on a dream trip to visit the Central Florida attractions! The Dream Come True presentation took place at Texas Children's Hospital. The dream packages and balloons were presented by past Sunshine Foundation dream recipients, Priscilla and Heather Jo.
Ryan is 13 and is diagnosed with Down syndrome and severe autism. His dad recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and the family will be going on a funfilled vacation to Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village and the Orlando theme parks!
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! Special thanks to the many volunteers who work so hard every year on the Sunshine Fastpitch, including Tournament Organizers Brenda Wood and Todd Cloward! Read Donald's story in the NJ Times!
Donald in The Trentonian!
Dr. Francis Xavier McNesby, a pediatrician at The Center for Children with Special Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, presented a special kind of medicine, "a Dream Come True" for one of his young patients, DeAngelo! DeAngelo is 3 years old and suffers from Brachio-oculo-facial syndrome, which requires that he breathe with assistance from a tracheotomy. Deangelo and his family will be visiting the Dream Village and Central FL theme parks soon on his dream trip!
Bringing balloons and gifts, Ron Jedlinski, retired CEO, Roman, Inc. and former board member of the Sunshine Foundation will be awarding 6 year old Kevin Cox a Dream Come True - a trip to Orlando, Florida for him and his entire family. As a result of this Dream Come True Kevin will gain some welcome relief from his grueling medical treatments.
Diagnosed in April 2010, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Kevin and his family, including mom Jessica Cox have faced some very rough times. In her words, "it has been a rough year." Jessica had to leave her job to care for her child and currently her income is below Federal poverty guidelines. However, she is resolved to see her son through his treatments and has hope for the future.
According to Jessica Cox, Kevin is a great kid, well-behaved and very happy. He loves his oncologist and someday he hopes to grow up and be an oncologist as well. He wants to help other kids just like him. He loves all the Disney characters especially Mickey Mouse, Woody and Lightning McQueen and Jessica knows he will be thrilled to visit Disney World with his mom, grandmother, cousin and brother. This will be the first big vacation that Kevin has ever gone on with his family.
Jessica Cox is so happy that her son's application was accepted by the Sunshine Foundation and said "I'm so happy for Kevin. I know he is going to be so excited to learn that he will be visiting Orlando in the first week of September."
Sunshine Foundation presents Hannah with her dream come true packet!
Hannah is 4 years old and has Cerebral Palsy.
Watch 10 NBC News "The Good News" coverage of Sunshine Foundation and Hannah, a Sunshine Foundation dreamer! Click here to watch Hannah's story!
Michael is 4 years old and has cerebral palsy. Sunshine Foundation provided Michael with a shopping spree to purchase items to make his life more comfortable. Michaels dream was generously sponsored by CBIZ who hosted a luncheon and bake sale to raise funds to answer this special dream. Kate Sample, Sunshine Foundation President and Charlotte Bosler, CBIZ Account Manager presented Michael with his dream come true! Read an article about this experience here!
Dylan is 8 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. Past dream recipient Mekinley presented Dylan with the good news that his dream has come true!
Read more here on Fox 19!
"For just a moment she'll just enjoy being a little girl," Sara's mom.
Sara is 5 years old and has Tuberous Sclerosis. Her dream was sponsored through the All Volunteer Delaware County Chapter's Sunshine Run!
Photo: Grant County Press
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Thank you All Volunteer West Virginia Chapter for presenting Evan with his dream come true!
Alexander is 6 years old and has spina bifida. Alex's dream was sponsored through the Phillies Charity through a generous grant to Sunshine Foundation. Sunshine Foundation and the Philadelphia Phanatic surprised Alex with the good news at his house in Philadelphia. Alex and his family will soon go on a dream trip to Disney World!
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Anthony is 9 years old and has cerebral palsy and a severe seizure disorder.
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Special thanks to Ralph & Linda Martin for presenting Brandon with his dream come true!
Melanie Steen, a 10-year-old fifth grader at
Hatfield Elementary School wanted to help a child on Sunshine
Foundation's waiting list have their lifelong dream answered.
She knew about these children from her grandmother
Tianna's dream was answered through the 2nd Annual Boss's Challenge! Tianna is 13 and has Chronic Lung Disease. Past dream recipient Kadeja presented Tianna with her dream come true packet! Also present were Julius King, All Fitness, and Kate Sample, Sunshine Foundation President, who participated in Bosses Challenge to answer Tianna's dream!
Carol Ann is 13 and has Cerebral Palsy. Her dream was sponsored through the
All Volunteer Southern Ocean Chapter's Annual Fishing Tournament! Her dream was presented by past dream recipients Briana and Alex! Also present was Chris Knorr and
Skip Deckman, chapter volunteers who are a big part of the Annual Fishing Tournament!
Left to Right: Carol Ann, Briana, Skip Deckman, Chris Knorr and Alex!
Aiden's dream itinerary packet was presented by Fred & Rita Ohrn of Sunshine's All Volunteer Loveland Chapter! Aiden's dream of going to Disney was answered through the efforts of Gene Butcher's Hike for Dreams! Sunshine thanks Gene for raising funds for this special dream come true! Sunshine Foundation thanks Gene Butcher for raising funds on his charity hike of the High Path Trails of North Colorado. Along his hike he raised funds to send Aiden to Disney World. Aiden is from Colorado and has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident last year. Aiden's mom and family are overjoyed by the news of receiving a dream. "It's just really wonderful... When we got the call, we just cried," Aiden's mom.
Sunshine Foundation's All Volunteer Wishing Well Chapter held their Annual Murder Mystery Dinner to answer Sam's Dream! They were at Sam's house to surprise him with his dream trip to Disney World! Sam is 16 years old and has muscular dystrophy.
Watch the news coverage on 6 ABC and NBC 40!
To learn more about muscular dystrophy visit: http://www.genome.gov/19518854.
Past Dream Recipient, Alice, along with Sunshine Foundation staff hand delivered Kadeja's dream packet! Also in attendance was Baba Taiye Renfrow of Synergy. Synergy donated $500 towards Kadeja's Dream come true!
Kadeja is from Philadelphia, PA and has Cerebral Palsy.
Watch her receive her dream come true here:
Watch Alice Present Kadeja's with her Dream Come True on ABC News!
Ellianna Presents Jennifer's Dream
Every year Todd Cloward and Brenda Wood, All Volunteer Mercer County
Chapter Members, host the Sunshine Fastpitch Softball Tournament.
This year's Fastpitch answered Jennifer's dream. Jennifer is from Hamilton, NJ and has Cerebral Palsy. Her dream of going to the Dream Village and Orlando Attractrions was recently presented by the 2009 Sunshine Fastpitch Dream Recipient, Ellianna.
Ellianna and Jennifer go to the same school. Ellianna shared her scrapbook of her
Dream Village trip with Jennifer to show her what she has to look forward to!
Also present were Tournament Directors, Brenda Wood and
Todd Cloward, and Sunshine Foundation staff!
Long-Time Volunteer, Hank Blaszczyk, Presents Daniel's Dream
Sunshine Foundation hand delivered a dream to Daniel, an 11 year old boy from Runnemede, NJ, who has severe autism. The good news was made in person by Bill Sample, Sunshine Founder and President Emeritus, and long-time volunteer, Hank Blaszczyk! This is the first of many dreams that will be hand delivered in Sunshine's exciting new Dream Come True Program! "We hope these personal visits will bring excitement about the dream-come-true for the children and their families and show them how much Sunshine cares," says Bill Sample.Daniel's dream vacation to Disney World is scheduled in September. The family will stay at Sunshine's Dream Village! Anyone can hold a fundraiser to make dreams come true! If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser email Kristin Fallstick at firstname.lastname@example.org
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