The magic of a dream.
Since 1984, Dreams Come True has fulfilled the dreams of more than 3,000 children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Each dream filled is planned especially for that child. No one dream is a-like, but all generate the same outcome – hope and unforgettable memories.
Many medical professionals have attested that a dream dramatically impacts a child’s attitude. Often, it strengthens a child’s determination to undergo difficult treatment.
Our children’s dreams are as diverse as their diagnoses. Whether it is hugging a beloved celebrity, surfing beaches in picturesque islands, swimming with the dolphins, shopping at favorite stores, sailing the high seas aboard cruise ships or meeting sports heroes, each child’s dream is extraordinarily special.
The majority of our youngsters yearn for a trip to Walt Disney World. Every child should experience the magical worlds of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In addition, other Orlando attractions include Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Sea World. An escape to a fantasy world for six days of captivating thrills with all expenses paid is the perfect respite away from the battles of chemotherapy and radiation.
These are just some of the joys expressed to Dreams Come True by families following their dream trips:
“Thank you so much for making Caden’s dream come true. He had a great time and made memories he will never forget. His eyes were shining from the moment we left for the airport to fly to New York! I cannot thank you enough for the tears of joy I had during this trip. Things happen in life that change everything in an instant. You have to persevere. Thank you for what you have done for Caden and for us as a family!”
– Christina Davis and Chad Epps, Caden’s parents
“Thank you for sending me to Nashville, Tennessee to meet the U.S. Men’s National team. I’m super grateful and couldn’t have expected more. It was way more amazing than I thought it could be. I gained an experience I will never forget as long as I live. To the Dreams Come True staff and Board, and to all the sponsors, I thank you!”
– Elijah Deer, Dreamer
“This dream was wonderful! This was exactly what we needed. Elizabeth was treated like a princess every minute of every day. Nothing could be better! Thank you!”
– Brooke Forte, Elizabeth’s mother
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Vanessa is so happy she got to celebrate with her friends. She will never forget that day. Once again, thank you!”
– Elizabeth Tutuaa, Vanessa’s mother
Drew Wood, a 4-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, wanted a fort.Then he wanted a playground. Then he wanted a climbing wall.So Dreams Come True, a Jacksonville nonprofit that fulfills the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses, got to work on bringing him a fort, in a playground, with a climbing wall.
– Andrew Wood, 3000th Dreamer,
Sponsored By: Jax Federal Credit Union
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Attended the Winter X Games in Aspen. Joshua has always enjoyed watching the high-flying athletes as they perform unbelievable stunts.
– Sponsored by: Glass & Stachowiak Families
Meet & Greet with the cast of Glee in Los Angeles. Glee is Jaelyn’s favorite TV show and she was able to see a taping of the show, and tour the set with her favorite actors and actresses.
- Sponsored by: The Billie & George H. Ross Foundation