A life long dream is coming true for one East Texas couple. Reggie and Judy Johnson have been married for 32 years and have never been to a beach. Now, Reggie has advanced-stage cancer and has been given less than a month to live. So, the couple contacted the Dream Foundation for a final wish: a romantic Valentine’s Day trip to the beach. But, because of Reggie’s illness he has limited mobility, so the Dream Foundation is bringing the beach to him.
Friday, volunteers with the organization brought baskets with ocean and Valentine’s Day themed goodies for the couple. The Dream Foundation is also providing a “staycation” at a nearby hotel next weekend.
NEW YORK — Last fall, on an overcast afternoon, Chaz Fudge stepped out of a car outside the budding World Trade Center, looked up at the towers, and wept.
Fudge’s visit was a homecoming of sorts: The Newark native and retired telecommunications executive had been in the north tower when the first plane hit. For Fudge, who was battling terminal cancer, the sojourn provided closure.
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Many couples have special places that mean something to them. It could be Niagara Falls, Paris, New Orleans or Cornland. For Dianna Lyn and her husband, Georgie Belville, it’s Branson, Mo.
“We used to go to Branson to get away from things,” says Georgie. “We sat and relaxed by ourselves. We loved it down there so much we were thinking of moving down there. We always just loved it there.”
The Belvilles live in Beardstown, where most people know Dianna as “Lyn.” They have been married for more than 20 years. For the past two of those years, Lyn has been fighting cancer. This fall, her doctor told her nothing more can be done. She entered Memorial Home Service Hospice.
When the Dream Foundation throws a gala, it typically attracts an impressive crowd of supporters. But none more impressive than those gathered at Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort on November 18, 2011 for their tenth annual “Celebration of Dreams” Gala, honoring designer Donna Karan.
“We are soul sisters, two nice Jewish girls from New York,” explained Barbra Streisand with a broad smile as she took the stage to honor her best pal, Karan, for her work with her Urban Zen Foundation and other charitable entities including the Dream Foundation.