Dream Foundation to Fulfill Army Veteran’s Final Wish for Second Honeymoon at Niagara Falls
Santa Barbara, CA – Dream Foundation – the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness – will fulfill Philip Oslin’s dream to celebrate a second honeymoon with his wife before he dies.
The Oslins will receive their dream package at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 30th at Hardee’s® restaurant, 28199 Hwy 27, Dundee, Florida.
With a prognosis of fewer than six months due to advanced stage prostate cancer, Philip Oslin, a 62-year-old Davenport, Florida resident and Vietnam Veteran will take his wife – also his consummate caregiver – on a sightseeing trip to Niagara Falls, a place he’s always longed to see.
“I believe the overall experience of taking in nature at its best is a lifetime experience not to be missed – if at all possible,” he writes in an application letter to Dream Foundation. “I think it would be a tremendous boost emotionally and spiritually.”
In advance of the upcoming getaway, representatives from the Hardee’s restaurant in Dundee will serve as local “dream host” representatives, presenting the Oslins with their dream trip itinerary, a celebratory breakfast, and other special items gathered to enhance the dream experience. CKE Restaurants, Inc. – parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s brands – has been a longtime partner with Dream Foundation and, this year, pledged additional support to serve the final dreams of U.S. veterans as part of their ongoing Stars for HeroesTM campaign.
“As part of our ongoing effort to support a cause that is important to our customers, employees and franchisees, it’s our pleasure to partner with Dream Foundation through our Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign to help rally behind our nation’s veterans and fulfill their final dreams,” said Jenna Petroff, public relations and social media manager for Hardee’s and Stars for Heroes program administrator. “We’re honored Dream Foundation has chosen us to present Philip with his dream package, and our employees are excited to celebrate the occasion with him.”
Philip had served in the United States Army from 1968-1971. Stationed principally in Germany, he repaired tanks and heavy artillery, and calibrated weapons; upon his honorable discharge, he had attained the rank of sergeant.
As Dream Foundation serves the final wishes of adults nationwide from one small office in Santa Barbara, the organization works with its corporate “Partners in Dreams” and affiliated volunteers to ensure dream experiences maintain a personal touch and sense of community.
According to Dream Foundation, the CKE Restaurants, Inc. partnership not only helps fund the veteran segment of their dream service demographic, it enhances the experience for the dreamer and all who are involved.
“Phillip has served our country, and we are honored to serve his dream,” says Erinn Lynch, Community Relations Director with Dream Foundation. “He will receive a beautiful reprieve from his disease on a nature-filled second honeymoon with his wife… and who better to share in his dream than his own community, his own neighbors. We so grateful for our CKE partnership and their representatives who present our dreams with a hug, a smile, and a celebration.”