Dreams and so much more.
Help Fill A Dream provides support for families in a variety of ways. When the parents’ of children with a life-threatening condition find themselves in an impossible situation, we can help.
Our Family Assistance program assists Vancouver Island families immediately after a child’s diagnosis of a life-threatening condition. This program provides support when:
- The parents must be away from work in order to be present at the hospital for their child’s treatment;
- Unexpected childcare is required for siblings;
- There are significant travel, accommodation and living considerations; and
- The family lacks health plan coverage for medications, medical equipment, counselling, etc.
The impact of our Family Assistance program is to reduce the financial stress families experience from an unexpected medical situation. Help Fill A Dream is there from the beginning and provides a solid foundation for families to build their support network to deal with a child’s illness.
Our Quality of Life Initiatives provide focused funding to improve a child’s mobility, health and well-being and any medical treatment which involves travel outside of the province or country. Recent examples of Quality of Life Initiatives include: the purchase of an oximeter, the purchase of an insulin pump, travel to Chicago for an operation that is not performed in Canada, travel to Philadelphia for a transplant combination that is not performed in Canada, A private tutor for an immune-supressed child, an IPad to improve fine motor and communication skills, special software to enhance learning, dental / orthodontic treatments, and home and vehicle modifications to accommodate a wheelchair.
Dreams matter. Dreams replace the frustration and despair a child experiences while undergoing treatment with hope, which is so essential to fighting disease and disability. For a child facing the uncertainty of a life-threatening condition, hope and happiness help the healing process. They are carried from a place of uncertainty and are shown that good things can still happen in their future.
Each Dream is as unique as the child requesting it. Dreams can be big or small, near or far, fast or slow. We have fulfilled Dreams of travel, Dreams which include friends and family, Dreams of meeting celebrities, Dreams of pirate ship playhouses and backyard fairy gardens, Dreams of families simply being together.