Give Kids the World and Dream Factory Team Up for...
Dream Factory Week 2021!
Give Kids The World and The Dream Factory Teamed Up to host 25 Dream Factory Children (from across the country) and their families from June 20-26, 2021. The Dream Factory of Memphis granted three (3) dreams that week…a DREAM TRIFECTA!
- Avalyn W
- Mason H
- Taylor C
Avalyn W's Orlando Experience
Avalyn W is a 6-year-old from Hernando, MS diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia type b. Avalyn dreamed of going to Disney World and staying at Give Kids The World. Her dream was postponed because of COVID-19, but on June 20, 2021, Avalyn and her family boarded a Southwest jet bound for Orlando.
She spent 6 fun filled days in Orlando with her family: Lee (dad), Hannah (mom), Lyla (sister) and Braylee (sister). Our thanks to Dream Factory volunteer Karen Knight for being Avalyn’s Dream Manager!
Mason H's Disney Dream Came True
Mason H is an 8-year-old from Hernando, MS diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. Like many children his age, Mason dreamed to go to Disney World. He wanted to ride roller coasters, visit Toy Story Land, LEGOLAND and ESPN World. Mason was approved for his dream in October 2020, but his dream was postponed. We are so glad in 2021 we were able to make it come true!
Mason enjoyed tons of fun in Orlando with his family: Greg (dad), Kristin (mom) and Garrett (brother). Our thanks to Dream Factory volunteer, Vicki Damron, for being Mason’s Dream Manager.
Taylor C's Loved Disney and All the Orlando Parks
Taylor C is a 7-year-old from Millington, TN diagnosed with Spastic Quad Cerebral Palsy. Taylor loves Disney and Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob, Beauty and the Beast, and Moana. The also likes the trills of riding roller coasters. Taylor was approved as a dream child in November 2019, but because of COVID-19, her dream was postponed until 2021. Taylor’s dream was sponsored by the Bartlett Fire Department using funds raised at their annual Pancake Breakfast.
Taylor and her family explored many parks in Orlando with her family: Brian (dad), Crystal (mom) and Sierra (sister). Our thanks to Dream Factory volunteer, Jerry Johnson, for being Taylor’s Dream Manager!
Micah T's Backyard Cabin Dream
Micah dreamed for a backyard cabin. His fond memories, of family vacations in a Gatlinburg Cabin, were the inspiration for his dream. He loves the mountains and wanted for a magical getaway to have sleepovers with his family and friends.
Micah, a 5-year-old from Collierville, TN, was diagnosed with Malignant Neoplasm of Cortex Adrenal Gland (Stage 4 ACC).
On Monday, June 14th, 2021, Micah’s dream came true. As you can see from the smile on his face, it was everything he imagined. His family and some Dream Factory volunteers had the ribbon cutting complete with a cookout to celebrate this special occasion.
His Dream could not have been granted without the generosity of the many local companies and folks who pitched in to assist. Our special thanks to Otto Electric, Environmental Pneumatics, Farmers Hardware, Paint Solutions, Jimmy Watt, Dianne West, Brenda Pennington, David Winslow, Senator Paul Rose, and James Caraway.
Most of all, we thank Jerry Johnson, a long-time volunteer with the Dream Factory who was Micah’s Dream Manager with the responsibility to see the project through. He donated more than 75-100 hours finishing his cabin to make it picture perfect.
Aishlyn C's Disney Adventure
GKTW Orlando Dream – June 6th-12th
Aishlyn’s mom, Tammy, told her & her sisters that this was their Peter Pan Summer! No thinking about grown up things. Her dream trip to Disney was granted & we kicked it off with a surprise celebration at El Mezcal, one of her favorite restaurants.
Aishlyn “LOVED” GKTW – the pool, rides and don’t forget the ICE CREAM!!! Trips to Magic Kingdom & SeaWorld were also favorites. The family sent a message to say it really is AMAZING here! Wonderful trip for all!
Our thanks to Dream Factory volunteer, Karen Knight, for being Aishlyns’ Dream Manager!
Luke and Elijah's B's Double Disney Dream
Orlando Dream – May 7th – 14th
It was a first for our Dream Factory Chapter to grant “2” Orlando Dreams in the same family! They were also our 1st post COVID19 travel dream! Their family surprised the brothers at The Grove located on the Ole Miss campus followed by our dream kick-off party which was held at Buffalo Wild Wings in Oxford, MS.
I received a message from Amanda (mom) while in Florida – “We have closed down the park just about each night! It has been MAGICAL & AMAZING! She also let me know when they had made it home safely, saying exhausted is an understatement. A great time had by all! Our thanks to Dream Factory volunteer, Karen Knight, for being Luke and Elijah’s Dream Manager!
Clayton P's Camper Dream
Clayton, an eight-year-old from Brownsville was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with the Hypodiploid rarity, which made this a very high-risk cancer. (only 2% are diagnosed with this kind).
Clayton loves the outdoors. Because of his weakened immune system, he cannot play with other kids. This was only amplified by the COVID pandemic, which keeps him from doing nearly everything. Yet, he can enjoy the outdoors with his family. His dream of his own camper would allow him to do just that.
A dream this of this magnitude is typically out of reach because of its cost. However, the members of the 16th Review Club of Brownsville, TN were determined to help raise additional funds to make Clayton’s dream a reality. They tackled the job of raising enough funds to offset the normal cost of a dream. They solicited local businesses and citizens of Haywood County and exceeded their goal. With the money they raised; plus, a generous donation from Carey’s Body Shop in Millington, TN, and the Johnson and Rotenberry families, enough monies were raised to cover the entire cost of Clayton’s Camper. A special thanks to Gander RV and Champion Power Equipment for the extra equipment needed for the camper.
On December 5, 2020, we granted Clayton’s dream (our second in 2020). Gander RV in Jackson, TN pulled out all the stops to make this his special day. Clayton arrived at the store blindfolded, not knowing where he was or what he was doing. His eyes grew in amazement when his blindfold was removed. His favorite spot is his bunk bed. He let us know his first trip would be to the “deep country” in his camper. We know he will make many lasting memories with his family enjoying the outdoors.
After granting Clayton’s Camper Dream, we received this message from his mom and dad…
“Dear Dream Factory of Memphis”
“WOW! That is exactly how we are still feeling! This cancer journey has been long, unfair, and draining on Clayton’s body. He has had to grow up so quickly. BUT all of that is behind him and because of the love and energy that you all have put into making his dream come true…he is ONLY looking ahead! He has dreamed of being outdoors for a long time and having a camper to make his adventurous dreams come true is something he has talked about since he took his blindfold off on Dec. 5th. He has told the story to everyone at the hospital. I am confident his recovery will now be even faster due to this amazing gift. The love poured into the camper will travel with Clayton on every adventure. We love you!
David and Natalie”
Elissa P's Shopping Spree Dream
On Sunday, August 23, 2020 we granted our first DREAM since the COVID Pandemic. Elissa P, a 15 year old from Memphis diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, received her “Virtual Shopping Spree” courtesy of the Collierville Ski Club and the 2020 Ski Freeze Fundraiser. Unlike our P/P (pre-pandemic) shopping sprees, Elissa scoured the internet for her shopping list. All of the items were ordered and shipped to her Dream Managers’ home. The next question…how do we make her virtual dream memorable?
It kicked off at 3 PM, when a Limo Express limousine picked up Elissa, her three friends (Desiree, Taylor and Katie) and her mom (Emily) at home. They headed to Collierville, TN to the private lake where the Ski Club trains. Her loot was placed on some tables for her arrival. Upon her arrival, she was greeted by several Ski Club members and Dream Factory volunteers…all wearing masks. After taking a look at all the items she chose, Elissa and her friends were treated to a thrill ride in the Club’s Nautique ski boat. Elissa surprised her dream managers, Brian and Margo Juengling, with a Dream Factory logo she hand painted. On that back was her personal note “thank you so so so much – Elissa”.
Shortly thereafter, and a few photos later, Elissa and her entourage loaded back up in the limo headed to her favorite restaurant…Chipotle Mexican Grill to pick up her TO GO Dream Party Dinner and then headed home to share her experience with friends and family.
We are very thankful for the privilege to grant her DREAM in spite of the pandemic and consider this one of many to come. Together, we make dreams come true!
Meet Maddox B.
On November 9th, Maddox B. was granted his Shopping Spree Dream. His limousine from LimoExpress picked him up and headed toward his first stop, Best Buy and followed by GameStop. Once shopping was finished, he met a number of his friends at Urban Air Adventure Park in Southaven for his dream party and plenty of fun. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who made Maddox’s dream date so special.
A NOTE FROM MADDOX’S MOM
Maddox was born on Sept 3, 2010. He was perfect. We took him home from the hospital the day after he was born, only to bring him back the next day due to jaundice. He stayed in the hospital for a week.
When he was 3 weeks old, I had to rush him to the ER due to severe bleeding from his GI tract. His father was at military training and not able to get phone calls. Maddox spent 14 days in the PICU until we found out he had severe food allergies. We had no idea that when we were feeding him, we were causing severe bleeding to occur in his colon. He has always cried since birth. We were told it was colic or reflux. We had no idea that we were slowly killing our child while only trying to feed him. As he got older, we found more allergies. By the time he was a toddler, he could only eat special foods. I had to make everything from scratch. He is now 8 years old and diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). He’s also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disease that causes him to dislocate his joints frequently and has had 11 broken bones due to this issue. Due to all his medical issues, he now has severe anxiety.
Say Hi to Caleb R.
On September 28th, Caleb R. boarded a plane headed to San Antonio to meet Dr. Max Lucado,a best-selling Christian author and pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the smile on his face after meeting “Max”, Caleb spent a day at Morgan’s Wonderland, 25-acre non-profit theme park in San Antonio, Texas that is ultra-accessible for guests of all ages and abilities. Caleb, age 7, is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
A NOTE FROM CALEB
Dear individuals God chose to grant me my dream to pray over Max:
Each person touched my heart by providing my parents the funding and connections for my dream adventure. Join me in thanking Jesus for how each on of God’s children are blessed by organizations such as The Dream Factory. Continue on my newest friends.