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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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