FormFast and Dream Factory of Kansas City Send 5-Year-Old Elia and Family on Dream Vacation to Disney World
As children, we all dream big. Some of us imagine visiting storybook, faraway places. Others long for a furry, four-legged friend. Still others dream of meeting their heroes. And if we are lucky, many of us see those dreams become reality somewhere along the road of life. For children struggling with critical or chronic illnesses like diabetes, cystic fibrosis or cancer, the road may be all too short, and there is little time to realize such big dreams. The Dream Factory exists for them.
In October, FormFast teamed with Dream Factory of Kansas City, a 100 percent volunteer organization, whose mission is granting dreams, and vision is smiling children. FormFast teamed with the amazing charity organization to make a big dream come true for a very special and brave little girl, five-year-old, Elia. When Elia was 22 months old, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis, a rare and incurable autoimmune disease which affects less than three in every million children born. Through the wonderful charity, she was sent on an all-expenses-paid to a place she’s always wanted to go, Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. She was excited to meet her favorite character, Ariel, at the Halloween trick-or-treating event.
Here are some fun facts about Elia!
- Favorite hobbies: loves singing, dancing, gymnastics, t-ball, and playing with her little brother, Zavi
- Favorite song: Roar by Katy Perry
- Favorite movies: Cinderella and Tangled
- Favorite color: purple
- Favorite school subject: math
“I’m grateful to our great Kansas City team for bringing this wonderful little girl to our attention and allowing us to help her and her family in such a difficult time. We should often stop and put our own daily challenges in the context of what incredible ordeals others must endure,” said Randy Campbell, President of FormFast.
About The Dream Factory
In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the largest all-volunteer children’s wish-granting organization in the United States, all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 34 of its local chapters with very dedicated volunteers. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and then use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because The Dream Factory does not employ people on a local level, 90-percent of all money raised by The Dream Factory is used to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children. This record of success has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a four-star charity, it’s highest rating. Charity Navigator is the largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.
If you would like to learn more about Dream Factory or would like to get involved, click here.