FAQs

  1. Can anyone refer a child? 
    Yes, even the child themselves.  Anyone can refer a child by either writing to or calling.
  2. Are there age requirements on a dream?
    Yes, we grant dreams for children who are between the ages of 4 and 17.

  3. Do you have any employees?
    Yes, one part time paid staff member, our Executive Director.  Everyone else is volunteer.

  4. Who fulfills the dreams?
    We have a 25 member volunteer board of directors and a crew of volunteers who dedicate themselves to granting dreams.

  5. Who can receive a dream?
    Any child living in the Lehigh Valley area between the ages of 4 – 17 who have a life threatening illness or an illness that has significantly altered their lifestyle.  We serve children from all income levels.

  6. Are there any restrictions on a dream?
    Dream Come True has specific policies and guidelines for granting dreams.  Our volunteers work closely with the children’s medical team to determine if a dream is feasible.  Dream must also fall within our financial limits.  Dream Come True does not fulfill dreams for firearms, ATV’s, cars, vans, cash, mortgages or rent. We also will not fulfill dreams for construction or remodeling and in ground swimming pools.

  7. Does Dream Come True Telemarket?
    No, Dream Come True never telemarkets.  A direct mailing is sent only once a year.

  8. What are the most requested dreams?
    Disney World is the most popular dream.  Dreams such as meeting entertainers, sports figures, trips, cruises, redecorated bedrooms and computer systems are also popular.

  9. Where is your office located?
     We believe in low overhead so most of our volunteers work from their home.  We do not staff our office but have an answering machine.  We believe in an intimate setting when dealing with our families so we visit them in their homes.

  10. Sources of funding?
    Dream Come True relies on individual donations, business sponsorships, corporate giving, grants, planned giving, memorial tributes and various fund raising events.  Dream Come True also relies on in kind contributions to help us lower the costs of dreams.  We do not solicit via the telephone or door to door.

  11. Are contributions tax deductible?
    Dream Come True is a 501(3)(c) charitable organization and your contribution may be tax deductible as provided by IRS regulations.

     

News/Events

PA Perimeter Ride Against Cancer

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Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer
July 23 - 29, 2017  

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6 Simple Steps to Granting a Dream

1.
Request
We request a letter with the child’s name, age, address, telephone number, parent’s name and the child’s diagnosis. We forward a medical authorization to the parents for signature and doctor information.
2.
Determine
To determine the child’s medical eligibility, Dream Come True, after receiving a medical authorization from the parents, contacts the child’s medical team. The child’s medical team completes our medical determination questionnaire which is reviewed by Dream Come True to establish if the illness is a medical diagnosis that is life threatening or has seriously altered their lifestyle. Doctors verification determines a child’s eligibility.
3.
Eligible
Once a child is deemed medically eligible, two of our dream team volunteers meet with the family in the child’s home. At this meeting the children use their imagination to create the experience of a lifetime. Their dream is born!
4.
Report
The dream team prepares a report to present to our board of directors about the child and their dream for approval.
5.
Approval
After board approval our team of volunteers work on fulfilling the dream.
6.
Refer
To refer a child please see our on line form under the tab Dream Services menu Referral Form
Testimonials

We are incredibly thankful for the kindness, compassion, and love that Dream Come True showered on our family during our daughter's illness. Dream Come True entered our family's life when our daughter Sarah was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 5 - a crushing blow that left our family heartbroken and terrified.

Taking a trip to Disney is a dream come true for Kieran.Our family had a blast ! Give The Kids the World was a amazing place to stay. There was so much to do there . The accommodations and food were very welcoming.

Ben was diagnosed with ALL-PreB just two weeks before his second birthday. When he completed his treatment, Dream Come True provided the most amazing trip to Florida that I could imagine.