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                 The Original Wish Granting Organization

Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child's illness may cause.

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Sunshine Foundation thrilled by new treatment for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS)
Foundation instrumental in bringing international attention to HGPS in the 1980s
critical for new research

September 25, 2012 - 1041 Mill Creek Drive, Feasterville, PA 19053. Kate Sample, President of the Sunshine Foundation received exciting news last night about the �First-Ever Treatment for Hutchinson Guilford Progeria Syndrome� as announced by the Progeria Research Foundation and Boston Children�s Hospital.

Sunshine Foundation, the original wish granting organization, was instrumental in bringing attention to HGPS in the 1980s. At the time, very few people were aware that this disease existed as it occurs in only 1 out of every 12 Million births. Shortly thereafter, Bill Sample, the Foundation�s founder began to host annual reunions bringing together HGPS children from all over the world for fun and fellowship. The Foundation hosted 27 of these special events which had a goal to help alleviate the isolation and improve life�s outlook for HGPS children and their families.

According to Kate Sample, The Sunshine Foundation is thrilled for the role it has played in offering insight about HGPS which led to the FDA approval of a farnesyltransferase inhibitor (FTI) aiding the treatment of children with this often devastating disease. The Foundation was able to offer significant anecdotal information to the Progeria Research Foundation about the children served in years passed allowing approval of the cancer drug Lonafarnib in the treatment of children with HGPS.

Winter Haven, FL (September 17, 2012) � The Sunshine Foundation�s Dream Village is getting a brick-tastic make-over thanks to LEGOLAND� Florida and many generous local companies. Renovations have begun on one of nine uniquely-themed cottages found at the Dream Village, a non-profit wish granting entity. From ceiling to floor, this cottage will be transformed into a LEGOLAND Florida lover�s dream with highly-themed rooms and a LEGO� Duplo plate wall with a play area. 

Merlin�s Magic Wand is the charitable organization for LEGOLAND Florida�s parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, and is funded through the generosity of staff and private donors. While LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin�s Magic Wand are leading the efforts, many local companies have joined the cause to provide substantial financial contributions to the project including construction and roofing materials, air conditioning, furniture, paint and volunteer time:

�         Badcock & More
�         Kommercial Refrigeration, Inc.
�         Rick Wilson Painting, Inc.
�         Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.
�         The Home Depot
�         Tucker Construction Group, Inc.

�We are extremely excited and truly grateful for the generosity and support from LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin�s Magic Wand and their partners,� said, Kate Sample, President of Sunshine Foundation. �The children we serve will absolutely love the renovated cottage!�

Renovations are expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks and an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in late October to unveil the new LEGOLAND Florida cottage.

Located in Davenport and built in 1989, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village�s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Most wish granting entities must limit their services to those children that have a life-threatening condition. The Sunshine Foundation is able to answer dreams for those children that don�t meet the standard criteria but still face severe, life-long circumstances.

�LEGOLAND Florida is thrilled to join with our partners to make a difference at the Sunshine Foundation�s Dream Village and in the lives of the families they serve,� said, Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida. �We hope this is just the beginning of the renovations to come.�

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For more information about the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, please visit www.sunshinefoundation.org.

Media Contact: Samantha Lane at Samantha.lane@legoland.com or 863.318.5345.




Foundation celebrated 35 years of Special Dreams at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Wednesday November 16. 2011 11:00 a.m.- 3601 A Street Philadelphia, PA 19134. Hospital Atrium on the Lower Level- The Sunshine Foundation celebrated 35 years of making Dreams Come True for chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children with a big party at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children where it all began.

Since it was founded the Sunshine Foundation has granted more than 36,000 dreams to children suffering from illness or abuse. More than 150 past dream recipients, families and hospital staff were present to witness:

  • Two Dream Come True Presentations made on site to Philadelphia area children, Ines, age 4 and Bethany, age 7 from past dream recipients, Hannah, 5 and Kevin, 7. Ines suffers from Cerebral Palsy and Bethany from Tuberous Sclerosis and Mental Retardation. Each child was presented with a festive white box filled with toys, balloons and their "dream package" to visit Orlando and the Theme Parks. Both little girls will be traveling to Florida in April 2012. Bethany was jumping on stage.
  • Recognition of 5 other children throughout the US who received dreams in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary.
  • A statement from Linda Kichula, mother of Bobby, the first Sunshine Foundation recipient who received his dream in 1976 at the age of 5.
  • Kathy Davis Studios presented awards to Montgomeryville Cycle Center, Leslie McGeogh Design, Chick-fil-A of Neshaminy and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.


Cypress, TX- November 11, 2011- Nelson Reales-Delgado is 5 years old and diagnosed with severe autism.  In order to help Nelson better progress in his development, mom contacted Sunshine Foundation for assistance towards the purchase of an adaptive computer. This week, Nelson's dream come true when the Sunshine Foundation provided the funds towards this very special gift! In the 1960's, Philadelphia police officer Bill Sample was assigned to a local children's hospital.  He encountered critically ill children and saw first hand how these children's families were burdened not only by mounting medical bills, but also by the frustration of not being able to provide their child's special dream.  In 1976, Bill took out a personal loan and with the help of others, started the Sunshine Foundation and began making dreams come true for seriously ill, physically challenged, abused and truly deserving children nationwide.  Today, the Sunshine Foundation utilizes $0.83 of every dollar to help a child's dream come true.



Madison Heights, MI-
September 7, 2011 - 13 old Michael and his family are preparing for a trip of a lifetime to the Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village in Davenport, FL!  The family will depart from their home in Madison Heights to arrive in Florida for an exciting five day stay!  Because Michael suffers from Cerebral Palsy, taking a family trip has been difficult due to the physical and financial stress that comes along with an illness.  Looking for a way to bring happiness into their son's life that is so often filled with doctors and hospitals, the family applied for a dream come true through the Sunshine Foundation. The family will receive round trip airline tickets, lodging, theme park tickets, expense money, and a rental vehicle to use for the duration of their stay.  Sunshine will host the family at the foundation's Dream Village, a 22-acre retreat created specifically for special children that boasts nine uniquely themed cottages, a wheelchair accessible pool, handicapped friendly playground, and even its own citrus grove where families can pick oranges!

A Dream Comes True: Trip to Orlando for 4 Year Old Girl with
Cerebral Palsy

Hannah Fox to visit the theme parks (Disney, Universal, Sea World) compliments of Sunshine Foundation

Philadelphia, PA - August 5, 2011 - Sunshine Foundation President Kate Sample will be awarding 4 year old Hannah Fox a Dream Come True � a trip to Orlando, Florida and the theme parks for her and her parents. Dana and James Fox and her 6 brothers and sisters. As a result of this "Dream Come True" Hannah will gain some welcome relief from grueling medical treatments. Read more... 

A Dream Comes True: Trip to Orlando for 6 Year Old Boy with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Kevin Cox to visit the theme parks (Disney, Universal, Sea World) compliments of Sunshine Foundation

Melrose Park, IL - August 4, 2011 - 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. Read more...  
  Fox Rothschild Platinum Sponsor at Sunshine Foundation�s 9th Annual Walk for Dreams

PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 23, 2011 - Fox Rothschild LLP has signed on as the platinum sponsor of the Sunshine Foundation's 9th Annual Walk for Dreams event to be held on June 11 in Newton, PA. The annual Walk for Dreams helps support the Foundation's mission of fulfilling dreams for chronically or seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages 3 to 18. This year's walk will help support the dreams of two children. Read More...

The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley Presents a $4,000 Check to The Sunshine Foundation 

Feasterville, PA. -January 2011 - The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley (CCDV) through its Corvette Enthusiast Community Foundation (CECF) presented Sunshine Foundation's Founder, Bill Sample, and President, Kate Sample, with a check in the amount of $4,000.