Thirty-six year old U.S. Navy Veteran, Damon is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the small intestine. With fewer than six months to live, Damon dreams of taking his 12-year-old son, Riley, to Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Damon has always been very active and loves to ski and snowboard and hopes to share this passion with his son. Damon knows that he won’t have many times left to teach or show his son new skills and places and this trip would give him and Riley an unforgettable experience together.
Welcome to Adopt-A-Dream! Here we showcase just a few of the many dreams we are always working on. Meet some of our dreamers, and please consider donating directly towards their dream!
Joan is an 87-year-old-woman with pancreatic cancer. With less than a year to live, Joan dreams of repaying her six children for all of their caregiving and kindness over the years with a trip to Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in Oregon. Joan describes how her children have “taken turns caring for me in their homes, sending me to therapy, and taking time off of work to stay with me.” A trip to Kah-Nee-Ta would give Joan the opportunity to show her children just how appreciative she is of them.
Kandy is a 57-year-old woman who is diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer. With fewer than six months to live, Kandy dreams of taking her three grandchildren on a vacation to Disney World. Kandy talks about how her three grandchildren have had to grow up so fast and take on more and more responsibility due to her illness. A vacation to Orlando would give Kandy the opportunity to “create lasting memories with my grandchildren, and watch them be carefree kids once more.”
At the young age of 39, Kristen is a wife and mother of two. In 2012, Kristen was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Now with fewer than nine months to live, she dreams of going to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando with her family on one final vacation together. Kristen describes that the Nickelodeon Suites Resort would be an ideal location where she “could relax and not worry about the hustle of a theme park while the children can play games.” This vacation would be the opportunity of a lifetime to make unforgettable memories with her family.
Laura is an 18-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. At such a young age, Laura’s dream is to travel from her home in Illinois to visit Disneyland. For as long as she can remember, she has been crazy about all things Disney. The opportunity to meet her favorite characters and go on the rides would be her ultimate dream come true.
Louis is a 72-year-old man with a passion for cooking. With a diagnosis of prostate cancer and fewer than six months to live, Louis dreams of a motorized scooter to help him get back and forth from the grocery store. He dreams of “driving with ease to and from the Wal-Mart with groceries in tow and not become exhausted.” The scooter would allow him to get enough groceries to be able to cook full meals and no longer have to survive off of frozen TV dinners. Louis states that this scooter would grant him the opportunity to “enjoy cooking for himself and eating some of his favorite meals” in his last few days.
Sandra is a 55-year-old woman who is diagnosed with small cell lung cancer that has spread to her liver. With fewer than six months to live, Sandra dreams of taking her son and caregiver, Jason, on a vacation to Disney World. This trip would give Sandra the opportunity to thank and create lasting memories with her son.