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.