There are four steps to having a dream come true. Granting a dream is more than creating a moment of a lifetime. It serves as an opportunity of inspiration for children to continue with often times difficult medical treatments and gives them hope for a better tomorrow.
Step 1: Referral
Children aged 3 through 18 who are critically or chronically ill and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a dream. Referrals can be made by the parents or guardians, the treating physician and, occasionally, the children themselves.
Step 2: Medical eligibility
To receive a dream, the child must be diagnosed with a critical or serious chronic illness. In each illness, there should be a clear quality of life issue that is present and verifiable by the child’s attending physician.
Step 3: Finding a dream
Dream Screeners are dedicated and compassionate volunteers who are tasked with finding out what children’s dreams are made of. The Dream Screener will see the child and through an interview process determine the dream that the child would like to see come true. Sometimes there are limitations due to the illness of the child as to what dream can take place. In this case, further discussions take place with the child and a dream that is appropriate and safe for that child’s physical abilities is granted.
Step 4: Creating lasting memories
Our Dream Team of volunteers roll up their sleeves and get to work making reservations, finding contacts for celebrities, sports figures and other famous people, finding gifts-in-kind and other volunteers. In essence, what ever it takes to make a dream come true that will provide a memorable and inspirational experience for the children and families alike.