How to Request a Dream / Refer a Child (ages 3-18 only)

PLEASE READ CRITERIA ENTIRELY BEFORE SUBMITTING A REFERRAL.  Note: anyone may refer a child with the permission of the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

CRITERIA TO REFER A CHILD (ages 3-18 only):

* CHILD must be between the ages of 3 -18.

* CHILD must be seriously ill, chronically ill, physically challenged, severely developmentally delayed or abused (victim of physical or sexual abuse). This is determined by the medical authorization form and supportive medical documents received by child’s physician.  Diagnosis must be severe-profound to qualify. Sunshine Foundation may fulfill the dreams of children severely affected by a chronic illness or physical disability, or abuse.  These diagnoses* include, but are not limited to, the following: Cerebral Palsy, Trauma from Abuse, Blind, Down Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Deaf, Spina Bifida, Spastic Quadriplegia, Severe Epilepsy, Low-Functioning Autism (LEVEL 3 ONLY), Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Sickle Cell Disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome, *And Many Others

* Child must be a citizen of the United States.

*Child or any other family member must not have had a dream or wish through Sunshine Foundation or any other organization or any other source (NO PREVIOUS WISH).  Sunshine Foundation grants ONE DREAM PER FAMILY. Submit only ONE referral for ONE child in the household that may best meet criteria, if there are multiple children diagnosed with severe disabilities in the home. Note:  In order to ensure donor funds are being utilized appropriately, Sunshine Foundation will reach out to various organizations to ensure a dream/wish or other gift has not already been provided.

*Family’s household’s income is under $75,000 annually (including all adults over the age of 18 who reside in the household). Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.

Sunshine Foundation is unable to consider dreams for children with Deficit Disorders (ADHD, OCD, etc.), mild to moderate: autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, or other mild to moderate chronic illnesses and/or diagnoses.

Sunshine Foundation will accept applications up until the child’s 19th birthday. All required documentation must be received in the Sunshine Foundation office no later than their birthday. No documentation will be accepted after the child has turned 19.

Child’s diagnosis must be: SEVERE or PROFOUND

Note: If it is CRITICAL your child may qualify for other wish-granting organizations that grant wishes for critical illness/diagnoses. 

If a child is diagnosed with a history of TRAUMA, it must be as a result of physical/sexual abuse.

If a child is diagnosed with AUTISM it can only be LEVEL 3 “Requiring very substantial support (SEVERE-PROFOUND)” to qualify.

Sunshine Foundation is unable to assist with doctor/medical bills or living expenses. We must also work within certain financial limitations and permissible requests. You child’s medical and/or travel restrictions or other related or unrelated circumstances may also affect the dream we are able to provide.

Once we receive your referral and your request has been approved, we will contact the child’s family with account login information to complete the application online within two weeks.

Please be aware Sunshine Foundation does have a waiting list currently estimated at over 6 years from your child’s APPROVAL date.  You can contact Sunshine Foundation’s PA Office at programservices@sunshinefoundation.org to check status of your child’s dream.  NOTE: Dreams of children in FL, MN, NJ and PA may be processed in less time due to higher funding available in those areas. 

Please be sure to complete the box for “Your Name.” Anonymous referrals will not be honored. PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to mail the application – application MUST be completed ONLINE.

PLEASE CHECK CRITIERIA ABOVE BEFORE FILLING IN INFORMATION BELOW.

You will receive the application electronically through Sunshine Foundation’s Website.

**IF YOU ARE NOT THE CHILD’S PARENT/GUARDIAN AND WOULD LIKE FOR THE FAMILY TO RECEIVE THE APPLICATION THROUGH THE WEBSITE BE SURE TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE CHILD’S PARENT/GUARDIAN. THE SUNSHINE FOUNDATION APPLICATION MUST BE SENT TO THE CHILD’S PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN TO BE FILLED OUT.

    NOTE: Sunshine Foundation grants the dream of only ONE child per household. In order to ensure donor funds are being utilized appropriately, Sunshine Foundation may reach out to various organizations to ensure a dream/wish or other gift has not already been provided.
  • Child's Information

  • Parent / Guardian Information

    Please enter the contact information for the individual that will be completing the Application.
  • Information of Person Making the Request