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Listing: Dream Wish Foundations for Kids

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Online Resource

Reviewed Date

Feb 14, 2024


A list of foundations that help children and teens who are chronically ill, or living with a disability, achieve their dreams. 

Sunshine Foundation
Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.(215) 396 4770 

Dream Makers
Dream Makers serves youth who have aged out of foster care or are likely to age out in the near future. Every year 23,000 teens exit the foster care system without a family to help them transition into adulthood. These youth were removed from their families, having experienced neglect, abuse, or abandonment.
no phone - see website for email.

Dream Factory: for chronically ill
The Dream Factory is the largest all-volunteer driven children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness.

Team Impact
Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.

Make A Wish Foundation
Making wishes come true for children diagnosed with a critical illness, i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that is placing the child's life in jeopardy, ages 2-18 yrs.
no phone - see website for email submission

National Park Benefits:

National Park Service: free lifetime pass to US national parks and more. There are some requirements and stipulations, so read through the application 

Information on how to obtain an access pass for people with a disability to get free admission

State Park Service: state parks have a disability discount – look up your state for more information and for the application. 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (D) Discounted camping fees.
Must possess Illinois Disabled Person's ID card.

Dreams really do come true! 
Mr. Jonathon Price - a young man with a dream.

Photo, A Young Man With a Dream, by L.A. Snyder.

Photo by Aperture Vintage on Unsplash

This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here  for further details.
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