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. Sarah spent the next 28 months receiving chemotherapy to fight her disease, and Dream Come True was an amazing source of positivity and support throughout our entire journey.
The special events Dream Come True hosts throughout the year provided our family with the wonderful gift of 'fun things to look forward to' -- something that is often non-existent when there is a significantly ill child in the house. These events allowed us to the chance to become friends with other Dream Come True families, and gave our kids the opportunity to have real fun at a time when fun was hard to find. Dream Come True's annual Polar Express event where they whisk their kids the North Pole for dinner with Santa is a magical experience that our children will never forget.
Sarah's cancer fight was extremely challenging: it left her body beaten down, and took a huge emotional toll on everyone in our family--particularly with our children. Dream Come True generously granted Sarah a dream when she was diagnosed with leukemia, but she was simply too ill to enjoy any sort of big trip while getting chemo. Shortly after Sarah completed her 2+ years of cancer treatments, our family headed off for a spectacular vacation to Give Kids the World. Among other things, we were treated to tickets to Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and Discovery Cove to swim with dolphins - we were overwhelmed by the VIP treatment we received everywhere we went. We spent a beautiful week together celebrating Sarah's end of chemo, and created life-long memories. It is hard to adequately explain how much that trip meant to our family. It was not only a once-in-a-lifetime vacation (it was beyond amazing), but it was a place where all of us began to emotionally heal from the carnage that pediatric cancer brought to our family. There aren't enough words to properly express our thanks.
Dream Come True made a painful and scary time a little more bearable for our entire family, and we are forever grateful.
Laura Neary and family
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. The children all enjoyed the rides and endless ice cream. At Disney the characters along with cast were very helpful and polite. It made the trip very pleasurable, even for a single mom with 8 children. The characters all took time to get off the lines and sign a few autographs for Kieran.
They treated him like a king. He even got to meet his favorite , Spider Man. as well as Mickey. The smiles and memories will last a life time. Thank you to all who helped make Kieran's Dream come true. Our experience is one that will last a lifetime.
Beth Clare mother of Kieran
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. We were picked up at home by a limo service, met at the Florida airport by a Give Kids the World(GKW) volunteer, provided a rental vehicle, and given the 'ultimate pass' to Disney, MGM, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, and Universal Studios. Ben, 5, Kaitlin,his sister 11, and Bobby, his brother 9, were given 'royal treatment' everywhere we went. We were able to ride all the rides Ben wanted and had seen in videos, we got autopgraphs from his favorite characters, and we also received a photo CD of all the pictures taken by the Disney staff. I have created many scarpbook pages of memories, by I think that Ben, Bobby, and Kaitlin will always remember this trip, as will their dad and I.
This trip was more than a family adventure, it was truly a 'Dream Come True' for us. We had our whole family celebrating life thanks to the Dream Come True. Thank you will never be enough for the gift we received, I can only hope that everyone knows how much DCT means to us.
Thank you from The Wagner Family