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.