Dreams Come True for Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses in Jacksonville

Our Mission to Make Dreams Come True for Sick Children

What is Dreams Come True of Jacksonville?

Dreams Come True is the First Coast’s only locally-based, wish granting organization dedicated to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to EVERY First Coast child battling a life-threatening illness. Since 1984, we have fulfilled the dreams of more than 4,000 children. No child is ever denied a dream and no child is ever placed on a waiting list. We are proud to say that, unless otherwise designated, 100% of all donations go directly toward dream fulfillment.

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We are asking everyone to come together to help us in ensuring that dreams will continue this summer/fall once it is safe to do so. To date, approximately 60 dreams for local children battling life-threatening illnesses had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
Your donations will help us in making sure #DreamsWILLComeTrue again.


Impact of COVID-19 on Dreams Come True of Jacksonville (Released March 17, 2020)


Dreams Come True of Jacksonville is dedicated to making decisions that protect our dreamers who are battling life-threatening illnesses and their families. As our community is being greatly affected by COVID-19, we want to ensure you that we are taking all the necessary steps and precautions to aid in keeping everyone safe.

Our commitment to using the power of a dream to bring hope and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses is a mission we are dedicated to, and we always put our dreamers’ health and safety first.


At this moment, we have postponed all Dreams and Special Times activities until May 31, 2020. Please rest assured that once guidelines and recommendations from public health agencies have lessened the travel and large gathering restrictions, we will make the appropriate decisions in conjunction with our medical and travel partners to move forward. We are determined to make sure all our dreamers are given the opportunity to see their dreams become realities.


As you can imagine, this decision impacts all our dream families. More than 30 Dreams and over 500 Special Times have already been postponed.

In order to do our part in protecting our families, community partners and donors, we have also postponed our KB Home Dreams Come True Golf Tournament, which was scheduled for March 30 at San Jose Country Club, in addition to Dream Day, our largest special time of the year, planned for June 6 at PRI Productions.


The work of Dreams Come True would not be possible without the support of our partners who generously plan fundraisers to support dreams. Unfortunately, nearly 20 community fundraising events planned for the coming weeks have already been cancelled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our friends and neighbors, we made the difficult decision to withdraw from all of these activities until it has been deemed safe.


It is our hope that these actions will help to ensure that our dreamers and their families, along with all our donors and community partners, are not placed in harmful situations. We will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local government recommendations for safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.


As you can imagine, these decisions have and will continue to make a great impact on Dreams Come True, but our determination to move forward with dream fulfillments and events, once it is safe, will not waiver.


We are truly blessed to have the support of our community. Due to the decision to postpone Dreams at this time, we hope you understand YOUR commitment to Dreams Come True and our dreamers will be vital in the coming months, as we predict an influx of Dreams. Only TOGETHER can we continue the mission to bring hope and joy to local children battling life-threatening illnesses. Please feel free to visit our web site, www.DreamsComeTrue.org, for continuing updates and to make a donation that will make an impact today more than it ever has before.


In addition to our web site, updates will be provided through our social media channels, which include Facebook (@DreamsComeTrueJax), Instagram and Twitter (@DCTJax), as necessary.


On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your support and understanding. Please take this time to keep you and your family safe!


Sheri K. Criswell
Executive Director