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Dreams and Wishes for Children

Children's Dream Fund

The Children's Dream Fund fulfils dreams for children aged 3-18 years who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and live in Central Florida.

The child does not have to be terminally ill to receive a wish but must not have had a wish from another organization.

Referrals are received from seven area hospitals and can also be made from family, friends and social workers.

Past dreams have involved meeting a celebrity, a week at the World Village visiting the Disney theme parks and gifts such as a computer.

Applications can be made using the on-line referral form.

Children's Wish Foundation International

The Foundation's Wish Fulfilment Program is open to any child under 18 years who has a life threatening illness.

Wishes and memorable experiences have been granted to children around the world from over 53 countries.

Children can be referred  through an on-line application form by the child, their parents, health care professionals and other family members.

The Foundation works closely with each family to find out what means the most to each child.

It also provides a Family Focus Wish Program for families to spend time away together.  This may be a day out, trip to the theater or a weekend away for the family to remember.

For children who are too young to benefit from the Wish program the Children's Wish Foundation offer the Young Minds Program.

Dream Factory

The Dream Factory grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children aged 3 to 18 years.

It is the only US wish granting charity that also supports children with chronic illnesses and disorders, emotional and physical pain as well life threatening conditions.

The child's condition must be verified by a physician and the child must be able to communicate their dream to a volunteer representative of the Dream Factory.

Referrals can only be accepted in areas where the Dream Factory have Chapters so check whether your area is covered before applying.

The ill child, their parents or legal guardian and a treating physician may all refer the child.

The average cost of a dream is about $5,000 so dreams are limited to children who have not received a wish from another wish giving organization in the past.

Make a Wish America

Make a Wish fulfils the wishes of children and young people with life threatening medical conditions to help improve their quality of life and to make them feel stronger to fight their illness.

It is open to children and young people aged between 2 1/2 years and 18 years who must not have received a wish form another wish-granting charity.

Wishes always reflect the interests of the child and have previously included a trip to the World Cup in Brazil, experiencing zero gravity flight, a therapeutic tricycle, and lunch with Disney princesses.

Applications can be made by the child, their family or medical professional using the on-line referral form.

The wish child must have been diagnosed with a life threatening condition that places the child's live in jeopardy.

The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan based charity that helps make dreams come true for Michigan children with Life threatening or terminal illnesses.

Children must be aged between 2 1/2 and 18 years and must live in the state of Michigan.

They can be referred using the on-line referral form by the child, their parent or legal guardian, or a medical professional involved in their care.

The child's condition must be verified by a licensed physician and must not have received a wish from another wish granting organization in the past.

The Rainbow Connection runs a Wish Enhancement Program to provide fun opportunities to the wish child and their family.

It also assists wish families for a year before or a year after a wish with their Special Response Program.

A Scholarship Fund has also been set up to benefit wish children to help them further their education.


Sunshine Foundation

The Sunshine Foundation aims to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children aged from 3  to 18 years.

Dreams are only offered if the household income is less that $75 a year and the child must be a US citizen.

Dream requests are unique to the child but they find the most popular request is the Disney World Florida or other Orlando theme parks.

The Foundation owns a sully accessible Dream Village in Florida where the families stay from Thursday to Monday.

Other dreams have included meeting celebrities, shipping sprees and medical/therapeutic equipment.

Children can only be referred with the parent's permission - use the on-line form on the website.  Following a referral the family will be sent an application form where income verification and medical authorization will be required.

Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star grants wishes to children with high risk and life threatening illnesses aged between 3 and 18 years living in the state of California.

Past wishes have included a ride in a limo, a laptop, a gaming system and clothes shopping.

Referrals can be made direct to the organization using the on-line form.

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