How many lives are affected because of one dream? At the Children’s Dream Fund we know that making a dream come true for one child makes an impact on the lives of so many. Granting a dream for a child means that Mom and Dad find comfort in the joy their child experiences. Teachers rally classmates around their friend. Social workers coordinate care teams with nurses and doctors. Often, a whole community experiences the joy of the child getting their dream-come-true. People you may never expect are affected by the dreams of our children.

Dream Child Lamaya manages Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS); from infancy, her heart has struggled to provide oxygen-rich blood to the rest of her body. This condition requires many medical interventions and Lamaya continues to bravely overcome the odds. When she met with our Dream Coordinator, she knew just what her dream-come-true would be – a Disney Cruise with her family, including a stop at the Atlantis Resort to swim with the dolphins. Her story touched our staff, and her joy spread throughout her family. Soon, longtime donors, the White Family Foundation, learned about Lamaya and became her dream sponsors.  

Lamaya’s story reached cruise staff (including the Captain and Minnie Mouse), the Atlantis staff, airline crews and even the dolphin handlers at the Atlantis Resort.  However, the impact of her dream didn’t end once Lamaya and her family arrived home. We invited Lamaya to participate in Rays on the Runway, a signature fundraising event for the Children’s Dream Fund. While there she met and shared her dream with the Ray’s own Brad and Anna Boxberger, who walked the runway with her! Eye Associates of Pinellas sponsored Lamaya at the event and Dr. Wachter, his staff, and over 300 people in attendance learned more about Lamaya and her dream. That’s just one child. That’s just one dream.

The Children’s Dream Fund serves approximately 100 children a year from 23 counties, right here in West Central Florida. We know one dream-come-true for a child can directly affect dozens of people in our community because we see it happen year after year. We often hear from you, our donor, how deeply you have been touched by the story of a Dream Child.

For over 37 years, the Children’s Dream Fund has been making dreams come true for seriously ill children with the help of donors like you. When you support the Children’s Dream Fund with a tax deductible gift you are providing us with the opportunity to make a world of difference for a child, their entire family, support network, and even a whole community.

One child. One dream. So many lives touched.

With Thanks, 

Cynthia Lake Farrell & Danielle Kucera

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