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Some Dreams Do Come True


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Sometimes a positive diversion can help improve the outlook of a child whose life is touched by cancer (either they have cancer or a parent with cancer). Many organizations provide activities, adventures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children coping with cancer. The following is a partial listing of organizations that offer different ways to make wishes and dreams come true. Please be aware that “wish-granting” organizations may limit you to one wish only, whether it is from their group or another. Contact each organization to obtain specific eligibility requirements.

A Special Wish Foundation, Inc.
(800) 486-WISH
Grants the wishes of children (from birth through 20 years) who have a life-threatening disorder.

A Kid Again
(800) 543-9735
Provides ongoing adventures and support programs in Ohio, for children (up to age 20) with a life-threatening illness and their families.

The Association of Wish Granting Organizations, Inc.
Includes several organizations that grant wishes for children and adults with a life-threatening illness such as cancer; click on the “current members” tab for more information on member organizations.

Believe In Tomorrow™ Children’s Foundation
(800) 933-5470
Provides Hands On™ Adventures for children (ages 17 and under) who are undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness.

Chai Lifeline
Provides ongoing adventures and support programs for children with serious illness.

Chef David’s Kids
(954) 594-1024
Grants wishes for children with terminal illness.

Children’s Wish Foundation International, Inc.
(800) 323-WISH
Dedicated to bringing happiness, hope, and courage to children with life threatening illnesses through Wish Fulfillment and other programs.

Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer
(214) 361-2600
Provides assistance in creating everlasting memories to needy families with children in the last stages of terminal cancer. The assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child.

Dream-A-Wish Foundation
(386) 682-6404
Grants wishes for terminally ill and special needs children living in central Florida.

Give Kids The World
(800) 995-KIDS
Provides wish trips to the Give Kids The World Village and other Central Florida attractions for children (ages 3 to 18) with a life-threatening illness and their families.

High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire
(800) 639-6804
Grants wishes for severely or chronically ill children (ages 3 to 18) living in New Hampshire.

(800) 319-5845
Provides ongoing events, activities, and support for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions in Arizona, Minnesota, Utah, and Texas.

Hunt of A Lifetime
(866) 345-4455
Grants hunting and fishing adventures for children (ages 21 and under) who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund
(866) 224-1197
Grants the wishes of Indiana children (ages 3 to 18) who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
404-537-JAJF (5253)
Provides WOW Experiences®, unique, memorable getaways, for families with kids under 18 who have a parent with late-stage cancer.

Jason’s Dreams For Kids Foundation
(732) 758-0060
Grants wishes for children in the New Jersey area diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Kidd’s Kids
(972) 432-8595
Provides Walt Disney World® vacations for chronically ill, terminally ill, and/or physically challenged children (ages 5 to 12) residing in the Kidd Kraddick In The Morning radio show listening areas.

Lighthouse Family Retreat
(678) 290-2955
Provides seaside retreats along the Florida panhandle for children (18 years and younger) with cancer and their families.

Magic Moments
(205) 939-9372
Fulfills the wishes of Alabama children (ages 4 to 18) with a life-threatening or life-altering medical condition and provides camping experiences for wish children and their families.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America
(800) 722-WISH (9474)
Grants wishes to children older than 2 1/2 and younger than 18 (at time of referral) through its more than 60 regional chapters serving every community in the U.S. and its territories.

The Marty Lyons Foundation
(212) 977-9474
Fulfills the wishes of children (ages 3 to 17) with a terminal or life-threatening illness who reside in or receive treatment within the geographic locations of the Foundation’s principal office or chapters.

Memories of Love Foundation
(800) 625-1566
Provides Orlando, FL, vacations for families with young children (age 16 or younger) and a parent facing a life-threatening illness.

Sunshine Foundation
(215) 396-4770
Answers the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged, and abused children (ages 3 to 18) whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain.

The Dream Factory, Inc.
(502) 561-3001
Grants dreams to children (ages 3 to 18) diagnosed with a critical or chronic illness. Dreams can only be considered for children residing in cities where chapters exist. See website for current listing.

The Rainbow Connection
(248) 601-9474
Grants wishes for Michigan children (ages 2 1/2 to 18) with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

United Special Sportsman Alliance
(800) 518-8019
Sends children and veterans with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities on the outdoor adventure of their dreams.

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This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, July/August 2011.