Joshua's Pirate Ship
Joshua, age 3, has already experienced many health problems during his short life. His dream was to have a play area in his yard in Bardstown, KY where he and his friends could play safely, close to home. The Louisville chapter responded with a children's activity center with all the bells and whistles! Special thanks to Derek Hinckley and Pirate Play Ships of Mount Juliet, TN for helping to make Joshua's dream come true.
Dustin's Disney Dream
Dustin's dream: a trip for his family on the new "Disney Dream" ship to the Bahamas. Judging from the photos, they had quite a good time. Dustin's mom said that the ship's crew was great and after the cruise ended, they were still exchanging e-mails with them, hoping to stay in touch. Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, sponsored Dustin's dream.
Zack's Holiday Shopping Spree
The Louisville chapter threw a special pre-Christmas party for a really special kid. Zack (age 17) was being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital and had asked for a holiday shopping spree. Since he is confined to bed, volunteers delivered his dream gifts to his room just a few days before Christmas, 2010. On his list: laptop computer, PlayStation portable, XBox connect, IPod, IPad, a bunch of University of Kentucky apparel, and a digital camera w/printer.
Mason and the Eagles
The 1,000th Dream for the
Dream Factory of Louisville
Mason, age six, has cerebral palsy. As a toddler, his parents tried everything to calm him down when he became agitated. Nothing worked, until his mother put on The Eagles "Greatest Hits" in the car. Ever since then, Mason just loves to rock out to an Eagles CD whether sitting in an adaptive chair or standing in his stander -- a piece of equipment that helps him bear weight on his feet.
Mason's dream? To meet The Eagles. When it was announced The Eagles would be the first concert in Louisville's new KFC/YUM! Center, the chapter was excited to grant its 1000th dream and arranged for preferred seating for Mason and his parents, backstage passes and a private "meet and greet" with the band. It was a total "rock star" weekend, with limousine transportation, a room at a luxury downtown hotel and dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Mason even took home a drum set signed by all of The Eagles.
Lexy's Florida Dream
Lexy's dream: a trip to Central Florida with her family. According to her mom, Lexy had an "amazing time" on their trip, which included Give Kids the World and Walt Disney World. She added that she was grateful that there is an organization like the Dream Factory who provides dreams for children with both chronic and life-threatening conditions.
A Shopping Spree for Iris
Iris, age 18, asked the Louisville chapter for a shopping spree at the Jefferson Mall, along with a "big-girl" make-over. Iris, who has cerebral palsy, arrived at the mall in high style, along with her family and volunteers from the Louisville chapter.
Joshua's Cowboy Dream
Joshua dream was to go out West and ride a horse like the real cowboys. The Louisville chapter sent him and his family to Jackson, Wyoming for a week-long adventure. They attended a rodeo, got roping lessons from real cowboys, went on an old-time covered wagon excursion, went horseback riding and visited Yellowstone National Park.