Dreams to Memories is a Christian based registered 501c3 non-profit foundation designed to fulfill dreams of families with young children that have a parent with a life threatening medical condition, right here in Western New York.
Think of your fondest memories with your parents and make a reality for a local family in need today through your donations or through your time.
We assist families of young parents with children under the age of 15 years, living at home, with a special everlasting memory. The primary recipient is the adult whose wish may be as simple as a family fun night out or a dream vacation. All dreams directly involve the children through a parents’ last wish to create an everlasting memory.
Dreams began over a decade ago with one friend who wanted to give the gift of family time to her friend whose father was dying of cancer. From that inception, Dreams progressively grew to fulfill wishes of families throughout the Buffalo and Niagara regions.
We have no paid staff members including our medical staff, our board, and president. Our staff is hands-on from the time that a wish is requested through event fundraising, to fulfilling the wish and support counseling. Step forward with us and make a difference today with your time, monetary contributions or both.
We hold both annual and ongoing fundraising events that require only small amounts of time. Any time you can give we will kindly accept.
A Family Story
This trip to Disney World gave us the gift of not only a dream we didn't think possible, but a chance for us to leave some of the effects of cancer behind. This trip gave us the most important gift of connection. Jeff and I had the chance to reconnect as parents and spouses instead of patient and caregiver. At one point we both had the same idea at the same time like we used to before I got sick and it was a huge moment for us. We were on the same page again! We high fived :). Our kiddos used to be amazed how we were able to talk from across a room without saying anything, and we had some of that back again. (Chemo brain doesn't help, but it's getting better:). I was able to spend much needed one on one time with each kiddo, which really helped us reconnect. We loved our room at the Art of Animation. We loved Magic Kingdom. I think my favorite ride was the Tea Cups. I was promised by our youngest daughter and son that they wouldn’t spin our cup, but of course they did :). Lots of fun and laughs! We all love Star Wars so really loved Hollywood Studios. Our oldest son called Hollywood Studios Star Wars world. If you ask them, though, our kids will say their favorite part were the pools. We were also pleasantly surprised by a limo bus picking us up from the airport to bring us home. It was a fun way to end our trip with music and smiles.
This is what Dreams is about