Dream Foundation Reaches Milestone 20,000th Dream Served

Black Tie International Magazine logoSanta Barbara, CA –  Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness has served 20,000 dreams since it was founded in 1994. The milestone 20,000th dream was recently granted to Yvonne Rodriguez,  a 34-year-old woman from Los Angeles, CA. The wife and mother of two has been battling terminal breast cancer and dreamt of sharing a special trip where she could enjoy time with her husband Michael and children, Ava, 9, and Eli, 4.

Rodriguez and her family visited SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They spent three nights at the Hilton Grand Vacation Pacific Palisades resort. “It was fabulous; it was better than anything we could have asked for,” her husband said. (Read more)

Dream Foundation Reaches Milestone 20,000th Dream Served

Noozhawk logoThe Dream Foundation — the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness — has served 20,000 dreams since it was founded in 1994. The milestone 20,000th dream was recently granted to Yvonne Rodriguez, a 34-year-old woman from Los Angeles.

The wife and mother of two has been battling terminal breast cancer and dreamed of sharing a special trip where she could enjoy time with her husband, Michael, and children, Ava, 9, and Eli, 4.

Rodriguez and her family visited SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They spent three nights at the Hilton Grand Vacation Pacific Palisades resort.

“It was fabulous; it was better than anything we could have asked for,” her husband said. (Read more)

Rams Partner with Dream Foundation to Make Lifelong Fan’s Dream a Reality

St. Louis Rams logoOn May 12, 2014, a letter that opened with “To whom it may concern” made its way to the front office of the St. Louis Rams. The seemingly generic opening line was quickly met by words of weight and the kind of storyline that reminds you that football is far more than a game. It’s a way of life. And a man lovingly known as “Papa Joe” lives the life to prove it.

A resident of Claremont, California, Joseph has gained a reputation of being everyone’s “papa.” His nickname alone elicits feel-good imagery of a dependable man with a passionate presence and steadfast spirit, but it’s his actions that provide the means to take it from mere imagery to anecdotal proof. This is particularly true when it comes to his love for the St. Louis Rams.

Joseph’s steadfast character made him a perfect candidate to be a fan for the long haul. He has never wavered in his commitment to the Rams. Come rain or shine, nosebleed seats or bar stools, “Papa Joe” has always been there for his Rams.

Now at 71 years old, Joseph battles daily to win the fight against a life-threatening illness. Throughout the past year, the progressive nature of his condition became increasingly evident to the point he feared it could potentially be his last football season.

“That’s what started this journey,” said his daughter, Debbie Weissbuch. “When the season schedule came out, my dad indicated he thought it would be his last. That’s when I thought, ‘Okay, what can I do?’” (Read more)

Dream Comes True For Louisville Cardinal Fan With Cancer

Daily News logoLouisville basketball fan Nate Jones, 62, of Russellville, is suffering from throat cancer and had one wish, to attend the UK/UL game Saturday. The Dream Foundation made the wish come true for the Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center resident.

Jones traveled to the game with Nolly Costello, activities director, LeShanna Shirley, safety nurse, and Lori Woodward, director of social services.

The Dream Foundation is similar to the Make a Wish Foundation, but for senior citizens. Jones was diagnosed with throat cancer at the beginning of the year, and has been unable to eat, and had to have a feeding tube inserted.He has undergone chemotherapy and radiation.

According to staff members at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Jones has remained with high spirits, smiling and interacting with residents and staff, as well as winning several medals at the Senior Olympics.

At the game on Saturday, Jones said, “I just never thought this would happen.” (Read more)

Wish came true thanks to workers

Wishes don’t always come true.

53480df14ffb5.imageThat’s just part of life. Sometimes those wishes just aren’t meant to be or there is some other reason someone’s wishes don’t come to fruition.

Bowling Green resident Nate Jones is a man who is a huge Louisville Cardinals basketball fan. His whole life, he has wanted to watch them play in person.

Jones, who is battling throat cancer and is facing difficulties with his chemotherapy and radiation and resides at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, had a wish to watch his team play from the stands of KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

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