Dream Come True is here to provide for those families that have the right to see their child’s dream come true. Dream Come True has made over 250 dreams come true in Western Connecticut for terminally ill children diagnosed with a range of chronic and terminal illnesses including childhood cancers, genetic illnesses, complications from birth trauma, and more.
Read the stories of our Dream Kids and get to know the children who have had their dreams fulfilled. As a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, our goal of granting dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children within Western Connecticut is dependent on our volunteers, individual donations, business sponsorships, corporate giving, grants, planned giving, memorial tributes and various fund raising events.
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Our family works hard to have as “normal” of a life as possible, but the truth is that our roller coaster of a life has been anything but normal.
When Ryan was born, the doctor looked at me and said very matter of factly, “We have a few problems here, but nothing that can’t be fixed.” The staff huddled around him. “His ears didn’t form all the way”, they explained as they handed him to me, “but we’ll take care of that.” I immediately relished what we did have. I counted fingers and toes and looked into those beautiful chocolate eyes. And then his face turned blue. As they wisked him away, in that moment I truly believed they were fixing what needed to be fixed and they’d be right back.
By the next day, reality set in and Ryan’s differences had a name – Treacher Collins Syndrome. It is a rare genetic disorder that affects the bone and soft tissue formation of the face. For Ryan, this meant that his facial features are not completely developed, he has malformed ears, a hearing deficit, one of the largest cleft palates surgeons have seen – basically he has no roof of his mouth at all. Ryan also has a very small lower jaw bone complicating his breathing.
Ryan’s breathing, jaw size and cleft palate made feeding a nightmare. When not eating, we positioned him on his stomach so that his tongue did not block his airway. Specialty bottles, feeding tubes we learned to place through his nose, and machines to monitor his oxygen level and heart rate eventually came home with us. We took turns staying up around the clock to watch him.
Then, one night my husband burst into the bedroom. “Call 911, Ryan’s not breathing.” My husband’s EMT experience saved Ryan’s life that night.
I begged the surgeon for a trach before Ryan was 5 weeks old. In the recovery room, he cried but couldn’t make a sound. Once trached, Ryan was silenced.
That was the start of Ryan’s surgery history – tracheostomy, feeding tube, stomach surgeries, bowel obstructions, oral surgeries, numerous hearing aide surgeries, and 5 jaw advancements where we literally break his jaw and slowly drag it forward over 2-3 weeks. All in all, Ryan had his 28th surgery at age 9 just a month ago and returned to school the very next day.
He spent 98% of the first 9 months of his life in the hospital
We fought for medical coverage with the help of the media and politicians
He began to speak despite the trach
OT, PT and speech therapy consumed our days
We became honorary audiologists and we researched and sought out Auditory Verbal therapy
Severe food allergies to milk, eggs and beef brought us to the ER with anaphylactic reactions at least a dozen times. The allergy was so severe that hives several times a week were common with the source being as innocent as a kiss on the forehead following a sip a coffee.
We sought out feeding specialists, ENT’s, plastic surgeons, allergy specialists and orthodontists.
And, over many, many tears, disagreements, and endless hours – Ryan’s nurse and I taught him to eat completely by mouth. A task that should be impossible due to his mouth structure.
This was the easy part. The parts that I could help fix. But, looking different comes with a price.
We learned together how to handle the looks and stares. How to best respond to the comments about looking like a monster, the” freaky thing” around his neck or laughs about having no ears. We learned when to teach someone about Ryan’s TCS and when it was better to walk away. We received acceptance where we least expected it and faced rejection from places like our very own church. I’ve witnessed harsh teasing by peers, followed by a beautiful little sister that quietly reaches for his hand and tells him that she loves him. This is the hard part.
Put it all together and this is our version of a normal life.
dreamcometrueryans-story2So, when Lori asked Ryan about his dreams and what was special to him, I smiled. I already knew the answer and the irony was quite comical. You see, despite Ryan’s difficulty in speaking, his first word was witnessed by his surgeon and my mother. It was elephant! Yes, the mammal on the planet with the largest of ears! With that first word, a passion was born. If allowed to – to this day, Ryan would live, breathe and speak only of elephants. Although, mammoths and other large mammals are often allowed. He has become the animal expert in school and plans on having his own zoo when he grows up.
So, with the passion in full bloom, Laurie interviewed Ryan.
Dream #1 (His first choice of a dream…) – An African Safari – I shook my head at Laurie. Where do you plug in a suction pump in the middle of the Africa?
Dream #2 – Ryan wanted an elephant, hippo, rhino and horse to live in his backyard. He still thinks this is a great idea!
Dream #3 – Ryan wanted to go to Animal Kingdom in Disney World, meet the elephant trainer and stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge so that in the morning he could go out on the balcony and eat with the animals. I was thrilled, after all those tears trying to teach him to eat, it had become part of his dream. He wanted to eat.
DCT not only made Ryan’s dream come to life, but they made a family memory that will be cherished forever. We left the therapy appointments, doctor visits, equipment ordering, scheduling of nursing, surgery planning, medical bills and stress of everyday life and had the opportunity to enjoy ourselves and each other as a family.
Ryan ate with the giraffes every morning on the balcony (as I cried), he flew on Dumbo – several times, got chased by a dinosaur, watched in amazement at firework displays and parades, got his face painted like a tiger, saw the Lion King, and fed Robin the elephant after a personal tour of the African safari with elephant trainer Jeff.
Every year the entire family looks forward to the DCT Breakfast with Santa. It has become a part of our holiday tradition and the kids start asking in early November if we are going. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other DCT families and share their experiences and stories.
dreamcometruect-ryans-story-3DCT also invites us every year to a family outing at Lake Compounce in the summer. It is a great chance to see all the kids growing up and enjoying themselves at the park. Ryan takes full advantage on this day of his unique ability to not get dizzy and rides every roller coaster and spinning ride that he can.
When Ryan was still an infant living in the hospital, we were driving home one night without him and I heard the song that will forever be “his song” in my mind. Leanne Womack sang, “I hope you never take one single breath for granted” and a tear ran down my cheek for how hard we worked to keep him breathing and the harsh reality of just how fragile life truly is. Every line of that song has a special meaning to us as it relates to Ryan. But it is the title “I hope you Dance” that Dream Come True makes real for us. It represents those times where you put the struggles behind and enjoy life despite it all. Thanks to DCT and everyone who supports it, my family truly has Danced. Thank you.
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Hailey & Madison’s Story
Hailey and Madison are twins who are 8 years old and live in Waterbury, CT. They live with their Mother and Father.
Both twins were born with Myotonic Dystrophy this is a lifetime illness that they had since birth. They also have autism, respiratory and lung disease, and muscle weakness. Madison requires 8 hours of nursing care, so for that reason we are including the nurse in this dream.
The girls are not very verbal but I received a big smile when I asked them if they would like to see Mickey and Minnie mouse. They love to watch cartoons so we felt that Disney was the right dream for the girls.
On October 23, 2013 the board of directors approved their dream to go to Disney World.
Zack’s Dream Gaming System
Emmett O’Brien senior given ‘dream’ computer Thursday, March 15, 2012 By Patricia Villers
ANSONIA — A senior at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School was overwhelmed when presented with a high-tech gift from Dream Come True of Western Connecticut Inc.
School nurse Sue Hoffert nominated local resident Zachary Lexa, 19, for the prize: a top-of-the-line gaming computer worth more than $4,000.
Hoffert said she received a letter sent to school nurses in the region seeking names of students with medical problems who were deserving of a dream gift.
Hoffert has known Lexa and his mother, Carole Lexa, for more than five years. She said that “in less than a second I knew (who) to nominate” last fall.
Danbury-based Dream Come True verified the medical information with Zachary Lexa’s physicians. “It was a lengthy process,” Hoffert said. He has a variety of medical conditions and has missed a lot of school, Hoffert said.
Carole Lexa said her son, who is studying electronics, had to repeat ninth grade because of medical issues. She did not wish to divulge the medical problems her son has faced.
“Getting the computer meant absolutely everything to us,” Carole Lexa said. “It was the best thing to happen in six years.”
She said she is “incredibly thankful” for Dream Come True. “It was wonderful of them.”
Hoffert said the Dream Come True volunteers were very kind to the family and even brought a cake to add to last week’s celebration.
Family and friends were on hand for the delivery and to help set up the equipment.
“It lifted his mood,” Hoffert said. “I was invited to take part (and) it was like Christmas morning. This was a dose of the best kind of medicine.”
Hoffert said she kept hearing the word “awesome” as the computer was being put together.
Zachary Lexa has two younger brothers: Jacob, a sophomore at O’Brien, and Matthew, who attends John C. Mead Elementary School.
For one week in October, 8-year-old Karolena wasn’t a little girl with leukemia, but the guest of a magic kingdom where she and her doting parents were treated like royalty.
Indeed, the Northville third-grader, whose ever-ready smile belies the 18 months of chemotherapy that infested her mouth with sores so she couldn’t eat and left her bald, savored a fantasy afternoon in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique.
Inside the Orlando, Fla., theme park castle, Karolena was assigned a fairy godmother who performed a makeover to transform the girl, now in remission but still undergoing treatment, into a princess, complete with an oversized looking glass and crystal tiara.
Dear Dream Come True,
On behalf of our entire family we want to thank each and everyone of you for granting this amazing wish trip for our little girl Faith Autumn. Her trip began on November 30th and went to December 6, 2009. Our family went to Branson, Missouri for the Christmas season, and in a few short words, its was magical, breathtaking, and incredible.
During our 7 day trip we stayed at an Indoor Water Park Hotel, which had everything that any age would want or need from the waterpark, to the hot tubs, to the indoor mini golf, to the bowling lanes, to the great buffets and resturants, to outstanding hotel service, you name it they had it, you needed it, it was there in seconds. The streets were so decorated you would have sworn that every business competes against one another, and to choose a winner would be very hard.
faithDuring our trip we saw Santa, many dinner comedy musical shows like Dolly Partons Dixieland Stampede, to the flying Peter Pan with the very talented Cathy Rigby. We went into the Toy, Wax, Car and Butterfly Museum. In the Butterfly Museum there was a breathtaking angel that Faith got to spend time with and Faith also was given her very own butterfly that she named Jenna.
We rode through the festival of Lights, and The Trail of Lights, which both ride throughs were like nothing we had ever experienced anywhere, over 3miles long and over 1 million lights. We also spent the day at Silver Dollar City, and at night we witnessed the lighting of a magical electrical tree that interchanged colors, and this place had over 4 million lights, the pictures do not give it justice, its a must see. We learned that it takes 25 people over 2 months to put all these lights into place, and our hats go off to all of them, there is nothing like it anywhere that could outdo what we saw that night. An the Christmas electrical parade was the cherry on the sundae after a long cold day.
Branson Missourri was so neat, clean and friendly, much more than we ever expected, and to answer the question of would we go back, in a heartbeat, there is so much more there we would love to see and do.
Dreams Come True you gave Faith and our family a Christmas Dream, we have once in a lifetime memories that will always be cherished. Faith had more smiles in one week then we have seen over the course of 6 years of her life, and for that in itself, we are touched, blessed and grateful. The generosity of each one of you associated in this foundation and her dream are remarkable people who set out to touch the lives of children that are not even your own, and that makes you hero’s.
God Bless all of you-
With much love always, Many thanks again
Faith Tremblay and family
Habeeb is a Freshman this year at Brookfield High School…He is a smiling boy who was OVER THE MOON with his Dream… Habeeb is very tired all the time from his illness, he has not been hospitalized since earlier this year…
He is trying to decide with his Doctor and Family whether to undergo a Bone Marrow Procedure (he has to have the procedure prior to turning 16 – he is 14 now).. Seeing Habeeb and talking to him showed me how much we take for granted–he is quite late into the evening…seems hard for Habeeb to find a normal / balance to a normal sleep schedule…Habeeb really wishes and hopes to someday swim with his friends, there are a lot of restrictions regarding water and temperature…He seems to just want to have some normalcy – but is affected by lots of factors – temperature (Hot or Cold).
Habeeb was so ecstatic with his Dream–He was so surprised by the Apple MacBook, HP Photosmart printer and iTouch…. he was happy to be able to share with his family the printer. He said it would be great to be able to go online, do his homework and if when hospitilized again – be able to communicate with friends….
About Sickle Cell Anemia
The pain can be very frustrating. Because there are no outward signs of the pain, sometimes people don’t believe a child is suffering as much as they really are. In addition to the pain, there are many ways kids with sickle cell have to change the way they live. For example, they may not be able to go swimming with their friends if the pool is too cold, and frequent hospital stays interrupt their lives. These kinds of restrictions can really cramp a kid’s style. Most pain episodes do not have an obvious reason for their occurrence. But here are some possible causes and things that your child should avoid if possible: Swimming in cold water Being out in cold weather getting too hot Getting dehydrated from not drinking enough fluids Colds and infections Overdoing it—not getting enough sleep and rest
Disney World is a very magical place. Rose’s dream was to meet all of the Disney princess’. She and her family had a wonderful opportunity to escape from the day to day challenges that face chronically ill children.
Here is an excerpt from the thank you letter to the Dream Coordinator:
I can’t thank you and Make A Dream Come True enough for all the hard work you do to give families like ours a “dream” for our children. It may seem a very simple thing, but to a family, who cares for a sick family member, it’s easy to forget to just live and have fun. For a while, everything feels so heavy, and there’s much pressure to be on top of every little thing all the time. This puts much stress on the family unit, and especially on the siblings. It’s also something that’s hard for others outside the family network to understand. So, to have a group of people, offer our child a “dream”, and to work effortlessly to make sure everything goes accordingly, is such a blessing. For us, the Disney trip was a perfect gift for Rose.
rose2She has such enthusiasim for life and fun. When we ask her what her favorite ride was, she says, “all of them”. And she means it. She embraces every moment around her. And Disney was one moment after another of pure fun and delight. Rose, and Grace, were so excited to see EVERY Princess. The Princess Breakfast was amazing. The got autographs and lots of pictures. And the dinner at the Castle was fun for the girls, and Michael and I. What a treat to dine there! And it was also wonderful for my older daughter, Grace, to just relax and enjoy herself with her sister. I believe the siblings internalize a lot of the stress of a sick brother or sister. It really helped to remind all of us to enjoy life, even with all the doctor appointments, and uncertainty of what’s coming next, it’s important to take time to have FUN! Thank you so much Margaret. You’re such an inspiration. More pictures coming!!
Imagine being 11 years old, tackling the grown-up sixth grade — when the really serious learning subjects start challenging students — and already having faced four surgeries with more expected. Welcome to Jacob’s world. Jacob was diagnosed with V.A.T.E.R Syndrome before he was even born. He has only one kidney and his esophagus had grown through his lung in vitro, a condition that had to be corrected immediately after birth. Currently he deals with recurring reflux due to the flap at the end of his esophagus not sealing correctly. His esophagus is also narrower than normal, causing food to lodge there instead of easily being swallowed.
Intelligent and quiet, Jacob is also an avid Yankee baseball fan. When the weather is good, he’ll likely be out hiking or riding his bike. If it’s not, Jacob will probably be found playing video games with his brother Daniel or his friends. Jacob’s dream was to have his own unlimited video gaming system in his room. His dream became a reality in November when several boxes filled with his X-Box, Play Station, Wii and lots of games for each platform arrived at his home. To say his smile was radiant doesn’t even begin to tell the story!
For Hennessy, her Disney dream was more than a wish in the making. It turned out to be an amazing succession of firsts for the outgoing 7-year-old! It was her first plane ride, her first cruise, and her first time at the Disney theme park. Although confined to a wheelchair, Hennessy found enough accessible rides to add to the thrills of seeing Dora the Explorer and the Disney characters on board ship. There was even a pool in the shape of Mickey’s head! The vacation fun was shared with her 3-year-old sister Alannah, her parents and her grandfather.
Hennessey has been in a wheelchair since she was two years old. That was when the cancer in her chest cavity, diagnosed when she was just 1½ , was surgically removed. After surgery, a substance was used to stop the bleeding, which reacted internally, compressing her spinal cord and causing paralysis.
Her sunny outlook is remarkable. When asked by her classmates, “Why are you in that chair?” Her matter-of-fact answer was, “I have a spinal cord injury and my legs don’t work.”
One of the dream highlights for Hennessy was meeting the Disney princesses at the magical castle. She was so excited-but her wonderful attitude towards life puts Hennessy head and shoulders above any fairy tale princess!
Mitchell is a 14 year old boy who is diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Poly cystic Kidney Disease in addition to Asbergers Syndrome. Mitchell is very talented and has many hobbies. His skill on the piano is so brilliant that it totally amazed us. He other hobbies are playing the violin and painting. Some of his paintings are hanging up in his house. He studies art and knows four languages. His favorite book is an art book. Another favorite hobby is riding horses which he primary does for therapeutic reasons.
His first dream is to go to Disney to have breakfast with Mickey and to see the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. Mitchell is very interested in Disney because he want to work with Pixar and become a graphic artist. He likes to design logos and can tell you the history behind the logos. His second dream was to meet Ihkzar Perlman because he want to play the violin just like him.
Mitchell misses school a lot because of his illness and will need a kidney and liver transplant in the near future.
Marilyn–thanks to the hard work of Joe Belbosti and Roseanne Augustine, I’m happy to report that Peter’s dream has been fulfilled. Work on the room was completed on Thursday, November 5–with the help of Joe, Roseanne, Tommy and Vinnie (from Joe’s shop), and Peter’s Uncle Harry. Peter returned home on Friday 11/6 following a 2-week hospitalization at Yale and was overjoyed at the prospect of moving into his new digs. According to his family he will be receiving another bone marrow transplant in the very near future–and this room makeover will make life considerably more comfortable for him–as he will be required to remain home for quite some time following the transplant. I stopped by the house on Sunday 11/8 and was able to get a few photos of him in his new surroundings. Unfortunately, the party to celebrate the completed work will have to be delayed until after his period of isolation.
By Nancy K. Crevier Wednesday, November 13, 2013
“His smile was ear to ear!” exclaimed Dream Come True dream manager Kristie Perry, as she recalled the November 8 unveiling of Justin Bogdanoff’s new “Boy Cave.” Repainted in warm gold and a rich blue, with the Newtown High School Nighthawks logo dominating one wall, new bedding, cushy Yogi-bo couches on which to lounge in front of a 55-inch flat-screen television, with an Xbox gaming system and home theater system, and a mini-refrigerator, his new room reflected the 12-year-old Newtown boy’s love — the Newtown Nighthawks — and was truly a dream come true.
Justin, the son of Liz and Tod Bogdanoff, was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma, a brain tumor on the pituitary gland, when he was not quite 5 years old. Even after two major surgeries, Justin’s condition is chronic, and has resulted in tunnel vision that cannot be corrected with glasses. He takes several medications to control growth, kidney function, and adrenal function, all of which are controlled by the pituitary gland, said his father.
“The pituitary gland is the master gland of the body,” said Mr Bogdanoff. Because Justin’s pituitary gland was crushed by the growing tumor and removed surgically, he will always need medications to control many body functions.
Only subtle symptoms that did not hint of a serious condition cropped up prior to the day that Justin told her “He could only see half out of one eye,” said Ms Bogdanoff. Since then, the surgeries and medications have meant that Justin must work five times as hard as other children to achieve the same successes.
bee picBut you cannot keep a good man down. Not only does Justin succeed academically, with extra work, said his mother, but he has played lacrosse and wrestled for the past two years. “I decided we can’t keep him in a bubble. He has to be a boy,” Ms Bogdanoff said.
The family is proud that Justin keeps an even temperament through it all, and that he has found great joy in playing sports. “The fact that he can catch a lacrosse ball is a miracle,” she said, and she credits lacrosse coach Scott Usher and his teammates for making the sport doable for Justin.
“It’s coaches like this, who come from a positive coaching place, that make Justin feel good and are so positive,” Ms Bogdanoff said. The family is also pleased with the support they have been offered through the Newtown School System, she said. “We are extremely lucky to live here. We have a lot to be grateful for,” Ms Bogdanoff said.
But keeping up with his peers and school can be challenging, and sometimes Justin needs down time.
That is where Dream Come True came into the picture.
Dream Come True of Western Connecticut was founded in 1984 to grant wishes to seriously, chronically, and terminally ill children from Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven Counties.
“Our mission is for those children,” said Rosanne Augustine, chairman of the dream committee for Dream Come True of Western Connecticut. “Once we get a referral, it is reviewed by doctors on our board to see if the child qualifies,” she said. Dreams are granted for children between the ages of 4 and 19, from all income levels. Dream Come True of Western Connecticut grants between 20 and 25 dreams each year, Ms Augustine said.
It was Justin’s doctor from Southbury Pediatrics, Susan Beris, MD, who recommended Justin to Dream Come True, said Ms Bogdanoff. Endocrinologist Susan Boulware, MD, of Yale Pediatrics in New Haven, and Robert Lesser, MD, of The Eye Care Group in Waterbury also supported the recommendation.
“We sent out a dream manager to find out what Justin’s dream was,” said Ms Augustine.
“We were really excited,” added Ms Perry, who along with fellow team member Beth Luddy interviewed Justin, “to have someone in our own backyard we could help. And Justin had such a good attitude. He seems to make the most of what he has. He is so positive, so easygoing. We knew it would be a lot of fun to do something for him.”
The Bogdanoffs had not heard of Dream Come True prior to this summer, but the interaction with the nearly all-volunteer organization has been phenomenal, Ms Bogdanoff said. “It’s incredible what these people do,” she said.
JUSTIN DREAM COME TRUEOnce the family was approved for a dream, Justin and his parents talked about what that might look like. They talked him down from a trip to Bora Bora in the South Pacific — a little too much of a dream for the local organization — to focusing on what he loves best. A room makeover reflecting the colors of his favorite hometown team, and with a sports theme, seemed like a dream he could dwell within for a long, long time.
The room was repainted the end of September in Newtown High School shades of blue and gold, selected by Justin and donated by Rings End Lumber in Bethel. Painters Brian Terzian & Son, LLC of Bethel donated services, Ms Bogdanoff said. “Not only did they do an amazing job painting, they noticed his door was damaged, took it off, and got him a new one,” she said.
Family schedules and some “dream catching” by the dream volunteers for certain items meant that the final touches had to wait.
A Party To Remember
On Friday afternoon, November 8, the dream team arrived at the Bogdanoff home to make the Dream Come True. The furniture was rearranged, the large Nighthawks decal was attached to the wall, bedding was put on, and the television system hooked up. Inside the Coca-Cola refrigerator, cans of soda cooled, and as soon as the bean bag-like couches were put in place, Justin’s dog, Louie, claimed them for his own.
Senior members of the Newtown Nighthawks Boys’ Lacrosse team arrived and sneaked into the room to greet Justin. Newtown High School Athletic Director Gregg Simon had arranged the meeting with the team members and Justin for the evening.
When Ms Luddy approached Mr Simon for a template of the Nighthawks logo, said Ms Perry, “He wanted ‘in’ on the project.”
With the lacrosse team came a lacrosse warm-up suit in Justin’s size, a high school lacrosse helmet signed by team members, and an away and a home game lacrosse jersey, as well as game day socks. Dream Come True contacted Dan McKee of Dan McKee Designs and Signs, and he donated services to letter Justin’s name across the back of each jersey.
“Those boys came over with their whole hearts,” said Ms Bogdanoff of the NHS lacrosse team members. “They were incredible, and we were very, very impressed by them,” she said.
Then the moment came when Justin was led upstairs. He opened his door to his room. Not only did the entirely new décor leap out at him, so did nearly 30 of his friends, relatives, Dream Come True team members, and the lacrosse players.
“I was very surprised,” Justin said, a smile still stretching across his face three days later. “I didn’t know what to do!”
What to do was have a party. Dream Come True supplied the pizza for everybody, and decorated the house with streamers and balloons. Justin’s friends, of course, enjoyed cold soda from the Coca-Cola mini fridge.
The family gathered in Justin’s room over the weekend for a family movie night, Ms Bogdanoff said, and Justin’s older sister has suddenly found her little brother’s room far more interesting.
The new room is thrilling, said the family, but will be a test of Justin’s will power, as well. The Newtown Middle School seventh grader is not allowed to watch television on school nights, nor is he encouraged to drink soda. “He’s a good kid, though,” his mother said, “so it might be a little torture, but he’ll do fine.”
As a side benefit, Justin has decided to create a flag football fundraiser next year to support Dream Come True of Western Connecticut. In preparing for his bar mitzvah, he had to pick a community service project, and decided that this would be a way to help other children who could benefit from the generosity of the Dream Come True program.
“Now this project, at our home, means something to him,” said Ms Bogdanoff. “Dream Come True gave him something, and now he can give back.” Dream Come True of Western Connecticut is able to grant wishes through the generosity of volunteers, in-kind donations, and monetary donations. Dream Come True is a 501(3)(c) charitable organization. To support Dream Come True, visit www.dreamcometruect.org, or call 203-790-7333.
John is a happy eleven-year-old, referred to Dream Come True due to serious health issues. He was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, resulting in severe gait abnormality requiring a wheelchair. In addition, he has a host of other serious illnesses that, if left untreated, could be life-threatening. Visually impaired as a result of his primary diagnosis, he also suffers with oral motor control that can lead to severe aspiration and pneumonia. Right from the start, John, regardless of his medical issues, was excited and smiley about the possibility of a Dream. He loves to watch cooking shows, and one day hopes to meet Guy Fieri, the host of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network. But ultimately, John wanted to a trip to Disney World with his family.
The whole family spent three days at the Magic Kingdom, two days at Universal Studios, and one day at Sea World. The whole family stayed at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Florida, a truly wonderful place for children with all types of disabilities. John and his family were very excited about their trip; one they truly would never forget. None of this would be possible without the generosity of all our donors.