Dream Foundation To Fulfill Vegas Dreams for Two Women Facing End-Stage Breast Cancer
Santa Barbara, CA – Dream Foundation – the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness – will fulfill two Las Vegas wishes simultaneously: Connie Brown’s for a girls’ getaway with her best friend, and Mindee Paulsen’s for a kid-friendly family vacation.
Brown will be arriving from Ft. Morgan, CO, with her best friend. Paulsen will be arriving from Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband and three children (ages 4-14).
The fulfillment of these dreams is supported by a newly established corporate “Partnership in Dreams” with Dream Foundation and MGM Resorts International, operating such iconic Las Vegas resorts as MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas, among others. MGM Resorts International is supporting dreams through hotel stays and specially tailored experiences.
Fifty-two-year-old Brown has a prognosis of fewer than 12 months in her battle with breast cancer. Having undergone a specialized chemotherapy regimen requiring frequent travel to Oklahoma, she has found herself depleted financially and void of any travel memories unconnected with treatments and surgeries.
“I had breast cancer six years ago and thought I had beat it,” she writes in her application letter to Dream Foundation. “But I was rediagnosed last year. This time it was stage four.”
Brown’s girls’ dream trip to Las Vegas with her best friend, Loretta Dunn, will allow her to enjoy a reprieve from her illness with accommodations at MGM Grand and attractions that include a day at a poolside cabana, dinners out and spectacular entertainment.
For Paulsen, who wants to see “the smiles return on her children’s faces,” Las Vegas is a place for fun and escape. With accommodations provided at Circus Circus, and an agenda including Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, and meals and entertainment, the 37-year-old mother will have the opportunity to create positive memories for her kids.
“The hardest things I’ve ever had to do is tell my children,” Paulsen writes to Dream Foundation, referring to her advanced breast cancer and terminal diagnosis. “They still don’t believe it, and together we are trying to fight it. I would be so grateful to take a vacation with my family to celebrate our lives and the blessing of being together.”
According to Dream Foundation representative, Erinn Lynch, “We are blessed by our partnership with MGM Resorts International. They have been wonderfully warm and welcoming to our families in need. Hotel stays are critical resources for us. Our dream families often seek destination dreams. They yearn for joy-filled escapes from their diseases and happy memories with their loved-ones away from hospital rooms and treatments.”