Our History

From one dream to more than 3,000

George Lee and Arnold Palmer

George Lee

In 1984, the late Thomas R. McGehee, Chairman of Mac Papers, and his wife, Delia, met a 17-year-old boy who had cystic fibrosis. This young man, George Lee, loved golf. When McGehee learned this, he arranged for George to be paired with Fred Couples and play in the Pro-Am of the TPC. Following an exciting round of play, Couples gave the young man his driver. A year later, George lost his battle with cystic fibrosis. His prized club was buried at his side.

That was the beginning of Dreams Come True. McGehee partnered with business leaders Hugh Jones, Chairman of then-Barnett Bank; Jay Stein and Jack Williams of Stein Mart; and the late Roy Baker, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors of University Medical Center. These gentlemen, with the help of McGehee’s godson, Dr. Paul Wharton, put their heads together to develop Dreams Come True, a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Since 1984, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of more than 3,000 children come true. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. Children in North Florida and South Georgia with cancer, leukemia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, cardiac disease, renal dysfunction and neurological disorders that so greatly affect children’s lives, all share a common bond…dreams. As sick children, they may be physically restricted, but their dreams are endless.

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