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     sunshine foundation®
                 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.


Special Dreams

While, Sunshine Foundation's most requested dream is a family trip to the Dream Village and the Orlando Attractions, Sunshine Foundation also receives many other requests as well. Sunshine Foundation's special dreams can be anything from a celebrity meet and greet, family trip or shopping spree. Below features some special dreams of Sunshine Foundation children!


Steven's Dream
  

Steven, 6, with severe autism, dreamed of having an ipad of his own. Steven, pictured at left, was referred to Sunshine Foundation by a different children’s charity that, unlike us, will not answer dreams for children who have severe autism or are nonverbal.Steven functions at the level of most 2 year old boys. His physician suggested an iPad to help Steven communicate more effectively.


Bradley's Dream!

"Bradley is a soon to be, 14 year old young man with Rubinstein-Tybi Syndrome, Bradley is non-verbal and non-ambulatory/wheelchair bound. Bradley is an audio - visual person, his life is music, Sponge Bob and anything Sprout. Now he can watch his favorite shows and DVD's while relaxing in his Fuf Chair. Bradley is an 8th grade student at the Ypsilanti Middle School here in Michigan and loves School. Bradley lives with me, his Grandmother. This wish for Bradley means everything to us, I can not express our gratitude enough. Thank you to everyone that made Bradley's wish possible. Thank you very much. I could not have made this happen for him without the help of The Sunshine Foundation." - Linda (Bradley's Grandmom)



A Deck for Nick!

Nick, 11, has quadriplegia from a traumatic brain injury he suffered two years ago.  

His mom wrote: "Nick has always loved his animals. We have a hobby farm. Until his injury, Nick loved to take care of his chickens in the yard, his pony in the pasture and his goats running around. If he could have a deck, Nick could watch them and enjoy the outdoors! We would love to be able to sit with him together as a family outside, relaxing and enjoying his farm animals. We would be so thankful for this dream for Nicolas."

Sunshine Foundation provided the funds for materials and Honeywell employee, Debbie Orock volunteered to gather a group of friends and neighbors to construct the ADA accessible deck and ramp!

Click here to read more about Nick and the wonderful volunteers making this dream possible!


Alec Gets A New Adaptable Bike!

Alec is 16 and has Cerebral Palsy. His dream came true when Sunshine Foundation gave him a new bike! His mom had this to say to Sunshine Foundation,
"Dear Sunshine Foundation and your wonderful donors,
Alec absolutely LOVES his new trike! Here it is. We can cruise all over the neighborhood and
Alec knows he has the coolest bike around! Thank you so much for making this birthday the
best ever! Your organization and your donors are true angels! Thank you for bringing a smile to the Sunshine in my life"



Brendan Meets BMX Champion, Dave Mirra!

Like most 11 year old boys, Brendan loves sports. Unlike his friends, though, Brendan is diagnosed with Severe Hemophilia, and many times can only watch his friends play - especially when it comes to BMX biking! Brendan's dream was to ride with his favorite BMX athlete and champion, Dave Mirra! Dave holds the record for the most X Games Gold Medals and is the first rider ever to pull a double back flip in competition! With the help of Wasserman Media Group, Sunshine Foundation was able to reach out to Dave to answer Brendan's special dream request. Brendan's mom shared some memories of the trip to Dave's warehouse in North Carolina:
"Our trip was great! Dave was  extremely nice and down to earth. He and Brendan rode bikes for about 1 1/2 hours, showing Brendan the ramps and doing a lot of tricks! Dave even invited 6 other BMX buddies to meet Brendan and ride together. They were great and willing to teach Brendan about riding! Brendan was in his glory! Dave taught Brendan how to ride his bike down a ramp and it took about an hour because Brendan was so nervous, but he finally did it, over and over again! Brendan had a great time and couldn't be happier - I can't thank you enough!"
Sunshine Foundation would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dave Mirra for his extreme kindness and Wasserman Media Group for helping to coordinate this incredible dream come true for Brendan!


Brendan and his family meet Dave Mirra (left) at Dave's warehouse in North Carolina!


Dave Mirra teaches Brendan some new tricks on his bike!


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