Making Dreams Come True in 2015
We have already had an exceptionally busy 2015, with an exciting and varied range of dreams from soaking up the atmosphere at the world famous Super Bowl to sampling the delights of a top Michelin Star restaurant to ice skating in Central Park to singing in a recording studio. It has been a joy to make dreams come true of some for some of our older dream’s recipients.
Sandra from Edinburgh is 20 and has spastic cerebral palsy and has problems with movement and the tendons in her legs. Sandra cannot walk without crutches. At the time of her dream, Sandra was facing an operation which would mean she would be immobile for many months, so it was important to get her dream completed before this happened.
Sandra’s dream was to have time in a recording studio, learning how the process works and record a song. At the studio, Sandra came prepared with her favorite track – Mercy – by Duffy. Her cousin Eryka went with Sandra on her dream – they both had a great time and were made to feel really welcome. Sandra got the chance to record her track and see all the different things is takes to make a recording of a song – a real insight into the music industry.
Rob from Berkshire is 22 and a huge American Football fan and has always dreamed of going to the world-famous Super Bowl, however, the most-sought after tickets are like gold dust - but this did not deter our dreams co-ordinator who moved heaven and earth to ensure Rob got his dream. Rob was only 15, when he was diagnosed with Alveola Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. He was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but his recovery was slow. However, with great determination, Rob continued to make plans for his future and thankfully, is now doing really well.
Rob’s favourite American Football team are the San Francisco 49ers and his dream was to go to the Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, the highlight of the NFL year, with his friend Stuart.
The boys flew out at the end of January. After returning, Rob said the trip was out-of-this world and everything he could have dreamed of: “I have dreamed of going to a game for the longest time. The whole trip was an absolute blast, we spent the first day going into downtown Phoenix and soaking in the atmosphere before seeing the Phoenix Suns basketball team. The game had such a dramatic ending with all the seats being empty as everyone was standing. It was the perfect way to end my dream.”
Aspiring designer, Mitchell is 20 and from Cheshire and dreams of being a toy inventor. Despite spending many hours in hospitals, this does not stop him from coming up with innovative ideas. When applying to Dreams Come True, Mitchell was undergoing treatment for bone cancer which included having a metal prosthesis fitted in his leg. Mitchell’s battle with cancer continues, but his positive attitude shines through.
This was an unusual request for the Dreams Come True team. Whilst in hospital, Mitchell found himself coming up with toy ideas, one of which hit a chord with people around him as a really unique concept. Mitchell wanted the opportunity to present his top secret toy idea to people in the toy industry.
Earlier this year, Carterbench Product Development Ltd, one of the world’s leading concept and creation houses for the toy industry, met with Mitchell and discussed his ideas. Mitchell’s mum, Jayne, said: “Mitchell has been to hell and back the last three years with varying degrees of challenges and illness…However, this was the best medicine he has had in a long time. He came back beaming like a Cheshire cat, full of energy, whilst remaining very discreet and modest. As you know, Mitchell is a very determined young man and with your help he just may have opened a door to the future.”
Keen chef Jonathan from Gwent, is 21 and was diagnosed with mouth cancer following routine surgery. The rare tumour was successfully treated, but Jonathan relapsed and went on to have further revision surgery which has resulted in nerve sacrifice and facial palsy. Jonathan said: “I am a young chef and it has been my dream to cook with a celebrity chef. I hope my dream can become reality for me as this is all I think about.”
With the help of Raymond Blanc and his wonderful team at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire we arranged for Jonathan and his girlfriend Beth to spend two nights at the hotel. Jonathan spent a day working in the kitchens alongside Head Chef Gary Jones and his team. In the morning, he was in the main kitchen helping to prepare lunch and in the afternoon he worked in the pastry kitchen. Beth and Jonathan enjoyed a 7-course taster menu and the hotel gave him two signed books as a surprise gift. Jonathan said “It was the best experience of my life. Not only did I get to stay in a beautiful hotel and eat wonderful food, I also got to see what it is like to work in a world class kitchen. This experience has given me the desire to follow my dreams.”
On the dreams waiting list we have some really exciting dreams including; Lily who wants to swim with dolphins, Kellie who hopes to complete a make-up course and Awwal, who is autistic, would benefit from having sensory equipment in his garden.
Dreams Come True would like to say a huge thank you to all of the companies, supporters and fundraisers for making children and young people’s dreams a reality. We are looking forward to making even more dreams come true this year.
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
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