Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Raise $1.1 Million for U.S. Military Charities

Screen shot 2015-05-22 at 2.13.15 PM CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurant chains, today reported its annual Stars for Heroes™ in-store fundraising campaign raised more than $1.1 million this year to benefit U.S. military families and veterans. Funds raised in 2014 go directly to national beneficiaries USA Cares and Dream Foundation’s “Dreams for Veterans” as well as to regional military charities with existing ties to individual Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant communities.

Since 2011, the Stars for Heroes program has harnessed the national reach of CKE’s company-operated and franchise restaurants as well as the generosity of customers to support U.S. military veterans. (Read More)

Cancer patient’s dream comes true in Birmingham

Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

It was a special Halloween day for one Alabama family.

Melanie, a patient at Alabama Oncology, is a 51 year old Navy veteran who’s battling terminal pancreatic cancer.

Melanie was diagnosed New Year’s Eve 2013, and had a dream of taking her family on a vacation.

She wanted to bring her children and grandchildren for a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to see the fall season in all its colors, and visit Dollywood.

Today, Dream Foundation made that wish come true, and is providing Melanie and her family with a 4-night stay in Gatlinburg, plus money for transportation and meals, and 9 tickets to Dollywood.

The Dream Foundation works similar to Magic Moments and Make-A-Wish, but they are the one organization that grants wishes to terminal adults.

Dream Foundation surprises cancer patient with Smoky Mountains trip

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
For the past 20 years an organization called the Dream Foundation has been granting wishes for adults fighting cancer and they made another dream come true for a local woman.

Melanie Gordon thought she was coming in for chemotherapy at Trinity Medical Center but instead she walked in to see the room is full of her family.

“I don’t like surprises or attention. I’m like, ‘Oh no,'” said Gordon.

She’s always wanted to stay in a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with her family and she got that wish granted by the Dream Foundation.

“It’s very emotional for me. To have all of my family in one spot, at one time is also a blessing,” said Gordon.

The surprise trip brought many to tears.

Dream Foundation Grants Wish For Cancer Patient

The Dream Foundation of Santa Barbara, the national wish granting organization for adults, was moved by Allison Anderson. The thirty five-year-old breast cancer patient’s wish was to come to Santa Barbara and to rejuvenate by the ocean. The local group was able to make this dream a reality.

At the age of 29, Allison was diagnosed with a rare genetic pre-disposition to cancer, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. Anderson has also had the disease in her thyroids, skin, liver and brain. Her life expectancy was 2 months or less.

Allison’s dream took her and her significant other, mother, sister and brother-in-law to the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara where they stayed four nights. She was also provided a special photo shoot with her family courtesy of Kacie Jean Fowler, founder of the nonprofit Portraits for Causes.

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Dream Foundation, Hospice help man fulfill wish

Screen shot 2015-05-22 at 11.46.24 AMMARTINSBURG – Paul Stidham’s 4-year-old black dachshund, Lieben, quietly licks his master’s hand as Stidham talks excitedly about his upcoming adventure this weekend. Just in time to celebrate Stidham’s 59th birthday, tickets arrived Tuesday for Stidham, his sister and sister’s husband to see Fleetwood Mac at the Verizon Center on Friday.

The tickets came courtesy of the Dream Foundation, a nonprofit national adult wish-granting organization that operates out of Santa Barbara, California, and through the efforts of Stidham’s Hospice team, led by nursing assistant Tasha Prevette. (Read more)

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