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Family Wish Request

The Families We Have Helped In Creating Memories -

The Taylor Family


Wish Fulfillment Request is a Trip to Disney Orlando, Fl. 


Currently working on the funding


My husband was diagnosed in early December of 2017 with Stage 4 kidney cancer. The doctors believe it has been growing for 4-5 years without detection, until it metastasized to his lungs causing a nagging cough that finally prompted a chest x-ray which revealed the cancer. He has since undergone a complete removal of one kidney and the attached adrenal gland. The cancer has spread to the other adrenal, the lungs, the sternum, multiple ribs, ankle and jawbone. Most recently he received a Gamma knife treatment for a met in his brain. While the doctors have not given us a definitive time frame, the 5 year survival rate lingers somewhere around 10-15%. At 50, my husband was a bit of an older father when our daughter was born. However, we always expected that he would be rooting her on as she received her high school diploma, college degree, and some day that he would walk her down the aisle. Today, we face the fact that he will probably not see her enter middle school. Our daughter has been a Disney princess from day one. Her room is lined with hooks holding princess costume after princess costume. There isn't a day that goes by that she isn't dressed up like Ariel or Elsa or Belle. Of all the so-called bucket list items that we've discussed since his diagnosis watching his little girl feel the magic of Disney World is #1 on his list. I can not express to you the relief and gratitude that we would feel if this came true. 
I have attached the application, along with a photo of the little princess that this is all for.


The Westra Family

Wish Fulfillment Request is a Trip to Disney Orlando, Fl. 

Dear Dreams to Memories, 

It is extremely hard to put into words just how much this trip to Disney World meant to our family.  We had dreamed of being able to take our four children there "someday", but once I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February of 2017 it seemed an impossible dream due to medical bills.  We didn’t realize I had Leukemia until an illness ran through our family and I just couldn’t seem to get better.  I was sent to the ER once evaluated by my nurse practitioner, and after blood work was done, was sent by ambulance to Roswell.  We were in shock when they explained it was cancer.  I ended up in ICU for about a week, then I was an inpatient for about four months.  I returned home for a couple of months, and then was an inpatient again for a few weeks for a Bone Marrow Transplant.  I came home in August.  I have continued to have clinic appointments about 3-4 times a month.  My bone marrow donor is my brother and he is a 100% match so we are extremely hopeful the transplant will take care of the Leukemia. 

Throughout this past year we have had an incredible support system.  Family, friends, neighbors, church family, and strangers all have helped us.  My aunt, mother-in-law, and mom, who eventually moved in with us until November of 2017, all spent time staying with our family as my husband had to continue to work full time.  Even with all of this support there has been an incredible strain on our family.   I remember my husband having double bags under his eyes as he'd come to visit me once our kiddos were in bed, and sometimes after late shifts at work.  He wanted to be home as much as possible outside of work for our kiddos, and then to see me as much as possible at the hospital.  It was about three weeks before I was well enough for our kiddos to visit me at Roswell. Our kids visited me when they could, but it was really hard.  I remember having a hard time staying awake, and them being hesitant with me across the room.  I know I looked pretty scary, no hair from chemo, being hooked up to an IV, and of course one time needed a blood transfusion when they visited.

Cancer impacted our family in ways I never understood others went through before.  There was a huge disconnection between myself and the rest of my family.  I wasn't asked by my kiddos for help with anything for a long time, even after I returned home.  They had gotten used to my hubby or mom being the ones who would help them.  My husband and I had a disconnection as he became my caregiver and once my mom moved back home has been doing my "jobs" as a homemaker plus his own.  Because I am immune suppressed from the Bone Marrow Transplant, we've had to ask our kiddos to do a lot more in helping to keep the house clean, washing hands and lots of reminders to "use Purell!" I’ve missed a lot of things I used to do with them. Doctor&

The Carr Family

 Wish Fulfillment Request– A Trip to Atlantis, Bahamas

The Carr family approached us recently asking us if they were eligible for a wish. Calvin (dad) was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in 2010. Since then Calvin has had a bone marrow transplant and other complications.

Calvin and his wife Joy have two children, Brendan and Ryanne.

The family had a wonderful awesome time down in the Bahamas. Following is a the Story of the Family Wish Experience told by Joy Carr.



"There’s a foundation, Dreams To Memories USA, which grants wishes to children of a parent who is fighting a life threatening disease. They understand that a family dealing with a complex medical issue may not have the disposable income for a vacation, which is the exact situation in our case. Our last family vacation was in 2008 before Calvin got sick. I applied on behalf of Ryanne in late 2016. Ryanne was granted a wish to go to Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas.

A limo from Advantage Limousine picked us up bright and early on Monday morning. It was a gorgeous, sunshiny day when we touched down. DtM arranged everything down to the small details like extra legroom on the flights for Calvin, and transport to the resort from the airport. 

This is the first time Ryanne and Brendan have seen the ocean. (View from the plane.)

The hotel upgraded our room to an ocean view. The full-wall window opened and the sounds from below were heavenly. 

The first thing both kids wanted to do was hit the waterslides. First up, Leap Of Faith! They then made their way to other slides, and Calvin and I joined them for The Current river ride.

There’s a huge aquarium that’s accessible both from the hotel we were in, and outside the hotel. The kids went snorkeling with tropical fish, rays, and sharks.

There were several beaches at the resort. We first went to an inlet cove beach, which was very calm. Ryanne found a fish by the rocks and was chasing it around. It nibbled her toes until it decided to take a serious nip at her ankle. Much screaming and highstep running ensued, which naturally had me wheezy laughing. She then retreated to the shoreline to build a sand castle.

Calvin went back to the room during the heat of the afternoon, and Brendan went as well to keep an eye on Calvin. Ryanne and I moved from the protected, tame inlet beach to the main beach on the ocean.

Calvin was able to watch Ryanne’s Dolphin Experience on Wednesday afternoon and then went back to the room to nap. He woke up not feeling well so the kids and I went to dinner and he stayed behind.  He ended up quite sick. Thankfully I was armed with a small pharmacy so we were able to get things under control. He still wasn’t well when we departed on Thursday afternoon but made it home okay.

Ryanne and Brendan actually got along and explored the resort together in the evenings. And naturally they made friends with some cats that were living on the grounds.

The Comaratta Family

Wish - Originally the wish request was a trip to see the American Museum of Natural History and the Planetarium in NYC. Due to Ross condition the request is currently being revised.The new wish is for a 2 night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, On. Canada. There is a indoor Water Park and an Arcade for the residents of the lodge. The dates for the trip is set for the middle of December 2016.

The father (Ross) was diagnosed with AML (Leukemia) in Dec. of 2014. Ross has two young children. The ages are 7 and 5 years of age. 

Ross had developed pneumonia and was admitted to Roswell Park hospital. Ross was released from the hospital. Two days later Ross passed away before the family could enjoy their family wish. Ross had a hard two year battle with Leukemia.

Our condolences and sympathy goes out to the Comaratta family.

The Gibson Family

Wish Fulfillment Request – Disney World in Orlando, Florida Family of four from Blasdell, NY

Michelle (Mother) was diagnosed with cancer, left behind a 13 year old Joe and a 16 year old Charity.

The Bork Family

Wish Fulfillment Request – A Family Fun Night

Family of five from Cheektowaga, NY – John Bork was diagnosed with ALS in June 2007. John and his wife Lynne had three children, 15 year old Jessica, 12 year old Ashley, and 8 year old Mitchell.

Chapman Family

Wish Fulfillment Request – A Trip to Disney World

The Chapman Family of 5 from West Seneca, NY – Mother with an inoperable brain tumor.

Thanks to Sorrento Cheese and Advantage Limousine for their donations to helping to make this dream to become a reality.

Wendel Family

Wish Fulfillment Request – A Trip to Disney World

The Wendel Family from Wilson, NY – Mike (the father) was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Mike and his wife Tammy have a 7 year old son named Matt and a 16 year old daughter named, Nicole.  

Below is a testimony from Tammy

May 2012

I want to relate how one of our families has dealt with the death of their husband/father and how instrumental Dreams to Memories were in the family’s recovery.

I had heard about the Wendel family from a friend of mine that works at the school their 6 year old son Matt attended.  Mike, who had beat cancer two years earlier, was having an occurrence of colon cancer with no option of surgery and given one to two years to live.

I first met with Mike and Tammy while they were living in the parsonage of their church.  They had lost their home as he could not work and his wife, Tammy, was taking him to appointments and keeping the family together.  I encouraged him to fill out the forms not for himself but for his children.  I told him that our goal is to give the family some happy experiences they can remember in the dark days that were surely ahead.  He was determined to beat this cancer again and I told him if he did that was absolutely wonderful but to think about the children and fill out the forms.

It took a lot of convincing by his wife and brother but he finally filled out the paperwork and was approved for a Dream…  They had decided to go to Hershey Park because hot weather adversely affected Mike, however, he ended up hospitalized for a few weeks when they were supposed to go and the trip was changed to Disney World in October 2010 instead which was Mike’s favorite place.

The whole family went on that trip which included Mike, Tammy, 7 year old Matt and 16 year old daughter, Nicole.  They had a wonderful time.

After they got home from Disney Mike’s health started to deteriorate at an alarming rate and in a little over a year he died. 

A few months later I ran into Tammy who asked me to relate this sorry to everyone who made their Disney trip possible.

Tammy told me that after Mike died Matt was so angry he did not want her to say his name.  Her daughter began college as a freshman three weeks after his death.  Everyone was grieving but not in a healthy way. 

After Tammy received Mike’s life insurance she paid off all the debts of his illness and there was a small amount left and she decided to use that money to take the three of them back to Disney World. 

Tammy said the kids she took to Disney were not the ones she brought home with her.  They were different children.  They got to Disney World and they started to think about all the good things and the fun they had there with their Dad.  They could talk about him and laugh about things they had done together there on vacation.  Their whole outlook had changed and they had stopped grieving and begun remembering the good times. 

This is why we do what we do.

An update: June 2014 -  I spoke to Tammy and she told me they just had come back from Disney World again.  She said that they all feel closer to Mike there and that her and Matt had both had mini breakdowns one night but at least the grief is coming out and not being kept inside especially for Matt who is now 10.  She still says that she doesn’t know what would have happened without Dreams to M