(aka) The Dalmatian Dreams Foundation
1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Luis, just 18 years old, from El Paso, Texas was losing his battle with Duchenne's disease. As Luis' strength waned his world narrowed to just one room. To pass the long, lonely hours this once lively, energetic young man, turned to music. Luis' mother wrote to Dream Foundation and said. "To fill that room with music is a dream that Luis could not even have imagined before he heard about your organization". When we received his request we contacted Dream Foundation supporters in the music industry for help. They responded beyond our wildest dreams. For weeks Luis received daily packages brimming with CD's, some signed by the artists. The generosity included posters, an iPod, iTunes, a guitar, a keyboard and a hard drive. Luis, confined to his room - was no longer alone.
Dream Foundation, founded in 1994 and based in Santa Barbara California is the nation's first national agency whose sole mission is the granting of final wishes to terminally ill adults.Luis' dream was just one of over 1,500 dreams we will process this year as they come into our small office at the rate of 120-150 each month. We fulfill final wishes for adults age 18 and over who have a life prognosis of one year or less. Dream recipients live in every one of the United States and are suffering from every known terminal illness, their finances have been devastated by inability to work and the costs of medical treatment. 45% of our clients have young children.