Dream Stories

Dream Stories

Making Dreams Come True

for children with life-threatening illnesses

Dream Stories

The Power of a Dream Fulfilled

Every year, thousands of families are given the news that their child has cancer or some other life-threatening illness. Many of them live right here on the First Coast. For these families, life is instantly changed. School days are replaced with hospital stays, play dates are exchanged for radiation treatments, and the simple joy of watching their child sleep silently in bed is now shadowed by the fear that he or she may not reach another birthday.

Dreams Come True exists to help these brave children and their families find a momentary reprieve from the stress and struggles associated with battling a serious illness. We do this through the fulfillment of dreams. For some children, that’s a special day at Disney World or a shopping spree in New York City, but it can also be something as simple as a new furry friend. Dreams bring hope and light to families facing some of their darkest days, and can give these amazing children the strength to defy the odds. That’s the true power of a dream fulfilled.

If you would like to help fulfill the dreams of local children battling life-threatening illnesses, please visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how you can make a difference. You can also donate online today!

Meet Our Recent Dreamers

Since 1984, Dreams Come True has fulfilled the dreams of more than 4,000 local children. We actively work with more than 400 families each year, planning and scheduling upcoming dreams. The Dreamers below represent some of the children who are still deciding on the perfect dream, or have see their dreams turned into realities with the help of our generous sponsors and donors. We thank you for taking the time to watch these short videos and getting to know a little more about their journeys.

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Hartley’s Story

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Rian Dreams Big

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Jake’s Journey

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Rue’s New Friend

I’m Dreaming Of…

Dreams Come True never turns away a child or puts them on a waiting list because there is no guarantee of tomorrow. But, we can’t do it without your help. The typical dream averages $3,300 to $7,200, depending on the number of family members and the complexity of the dream. We are actively seeking individuals, schools, groups and companies to help fund the following Dreamers who have yet to experience the power of a dream fulfilled.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Hedden Photography

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Jacob L.

Age 9

Diagnosis: Paraplegia

Area of Town: Orange Park

“To learn he had been given a dream was so exciting to him and our family. It helped motiviate him through this recovery.”

— Jacob’s Family



Age 10

Diagnosis: Sickle Cell

Area of Town: Northwest Jacksonville

“I think Dreams Come True is the best ever!! They are wonderful angels and truly make dreams come true.”

— Ji’Mya



Age 5

Diagnosis: Spina Bifida

Area of Town: Riverside

“Dreams Come True is incredible. Everyone who works there has a special gift for loving children and making them feel special.”

— Norah



Age 17

Diagnosis: Brain Tumor

Area of Town: Flagler County

“Dreams Come True is an amazing foundation that brings joy and happiness during trying times. We have had some of the happiest memories made becase of Dreams Come True. They distract the scariness of the situations we are faced with and bring a sense of relief, even if it is just for one day.”

— Ryan’s Family



Age 13

Diagnosis: Germinoma

Area of Town: Northwest Jacksonville

“Dreams Come True is a blessing in so many ways. They make you feel very special and I would love to donate to them when I get older.”

— Zion