Dream Foundation Grants 20,000 Dreams and Counting

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The Dream Foundation celebrates a huge milestone Wednesday with the recipient of its 20,000th dream, Yvonne Rodriguez.

Mrs. Rodriguez and her family came up to the foundation’s headquarters in Santa Barbara from their Los Angeles home to help recognize the 20,000-dream milestone. The foundation has been granting dreams to adults with life-threatening illness since 1994.

Battling terminal breast cancer, Mrs. Rodriguez, 34, dream of a special vacation with her family that would include the beauty of nature and wildlife. Since she and her husband Michael could not afford such a big vacation with their two kids, the Dream Foundation stepped in and made their dream come true. (Read more)

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Dream Foundation Flower Empower Luncheon to Raise Funds for Program That Delivers Hope, Compassion

The Dream Foundation — the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness — will hold its fifth annual Flower Empower Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13. Net proceeds from the event are vital to supporting the volunteer-driven program.

“Flower Empower would not be possible without the compassion and energy of our volunteers,” says Kisa Heyer, Dream Foundation executive director. “We are tremendously grateful to the businesses and individuals who generously donate their time, goods and services to make a difference in this community we cherish.”

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Granting Veteran’s Last Wishes

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The Dream Foundation, the national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults, has launched a new nationwide sub-program Dreams for Veterans to give back to terminally ill veterans and their families through the fulfillment of a final dream.

Dream Foundation Executive Director Kisa Heyer says “Dreams for Veterans provides the invaluable opportunity to honor veterans’ service while engaging, honoring, and appreciating their families and communities.”

Dreams for Veterans recipients are U.S. military veterans 18 years or older with a life expectancy of 12 months or less. Final dream requests range from basic needs items such as mobility scooters, lift chairs, working appliances, or laptop computers to beside reunions, final vacations with family, meeting personal heroes, or reconnecting with aspects for former military service. (Read more)

Eaton woman’s dying wish: ‘I want to see Mt. Rushmore’


Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness, is fulfilling 52-year-old Alison “Ali” Shaffer’s dying wish to visit Mount Rushmore during President’s Day weekend with her husband, William “Butch” Shaffer.

During a special presentation Tuesday morning, Jane Gosser, Marnie Otte, and George Billings, Dream Foundation  volunteers representing the BioOncology firm Genentech, a Dream Foundation corporate Partner in Dreams, came to Shaffer’s home in Eaton, where they presented Ali with all the details of her dream vacation, as well as a bouquet of fresh flowers, chocolates, and a gift basket stocked with a variety of essentials to enhance their trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Read more)

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Terminally ill brothers granted dream vacation

Greg and Roger Potson have shared childhood memories, years of military service, and now, a battle with terminal cancer.

This month, the Poston brothers will share a dream.

“They always wanted to see the Grand Canyon,” said their physician, Dr. Emily Vannorsdall. “And with Roger not doing as well currently, we wanted to be able to make that happen soon.”

The brothers, both Dayton residents, were presented Wednesday with a four-day family vacation to the Grand Canyon this month. They’ll be taking along their three younger siblings, who have remained close to them over the years.

Greg is battling lung cancer. Roger has survived stage-four pancreatic cancer for a year and has now stopped treatments.

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