We are always talking about Dream Foundation, how much we love them – the amazing things they do – and why it is so important for us to bring the wedding community together to raise funds and help them grant final wishes. But I have to say it doesn’t really hit home on what a difference we make in peoples lives – until participating on the dream delivery team.
Twelve years ago Steve & Lorri were married, they honeymooned in a cabin down on Ocean Shores – they flew kites – rented scooters and celebrated the loving life they just vowed to spend together! In August of last year Steve was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He was given 8-10 months to live.
In the letter that Steve sent in to the Dream Foundation, he asked only for a 2nd honeymoon – to spend a week with his wife & their two dogs, at the same place they had honeymooned twelve short years ago. He wanted to bring back some wonderful memories and give her a break from everything that has been going on. In his words, “She deserves this more than anyone – she is tougher than any of us ever knew…”
Two weeks ago, three of our team members Laurel, Eliza & Rebecca and long time supporter Chris (Laurel’s Mom) had the opportunity to deliver a dream. There aren’t words to describe what it is like to experience a dream delivery – there were laughs, tears and a lot of excitement!
They delivered a package that included : A blanket hand made specially for them, a note from a 5th grader in Santa Barbara about dreams, 5 days at the cabin in Ocean Shores, Dream Foundation T-shirts, (that he was most excited about and immediately put on!) & hats, a little spending money for the week, chocolate from Theo & a smiley face kite for the week at the beach.
Michelle Mullany couldn’t wait to hear the details! She & the Dream Foundation team were so excited to hear how it went!! This is Lori chatting with Michelle on the phone. ;0)
Steve is an amazingly smart man – we had heard he built his own computer… but had NO idea until we saw this – AMAZING!!
Sending them off to the beach house – we can’t wait to hear how it went!! ;0)
Here is a video, so you can hear the story in Lorri & Steve’s words.
Pictured below Dream Delivery Team :: Laurel McConnell, (founder & VP of Marketing) Rebecca Ellison (team member since the beginning!) Eliza Truitt (founder & organizer of fun!)
We feel so honored, blessed, humbled to have been invited into Steve & Lori’s lives – to be able to bring just a little bit of happiness to them in such a time of need, is amazing. Thank you so much Dream Foundation for doing all that you do.