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Help Fill A Dream

We often come into the life of a family when things are at their worst. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening / critical condition a family’s focus becomes their child, their medical appointments and treatment; there’s no time for anything else. Since 1986 Help Fill a Dream Foundation has been supporting those families from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands whose lives have suddenly changed due to their child’s diagnosis with a medical condition or severe health challenge.

Support comes in all sorts of ways. When families are in survival mode the Family Assistance program provides a lifeline. We try to pick up the practical and financial worry, allowing parents to focus on the most important thing: the health of their child. We provide medical equipment such as insulin pumps, orthotics and wheelchairs as well as home and vehicle accessibility modifications, travel expenses and accommodation. In addition to practical support we strive to improve the child’s quality of life.

Dreams come true

Putting a smile on the face of a child is a magical feeling.

When the time is right, a child who has been through so much can have their Dream filled. 

These Dreams are powerful things for children with life-threatening / critical conditions. It will often be a trip to a place they never imagined they would be able to go, or an experience they had long thought about but never believed could happen. Disneyland or Hawaii, meeting a Vancouver Canuck or touring Google HQ, the Dreams are as different as the children. 

For parents the Dream symbolizes things that seem normal for most families, like watching your kids playing together and hearing them laughing: things that had seemed impossible during medical treatment. It’s life-changing stuff, the smiling and reconnecting; helping families who have been holding their breath – sometimes for years – to relax, even if it’s for just a short time. Dreams allow kids to simply be kids.

  • Anthony Baldo
  • Pam Chandla
  • James Haley-Browning
  • Scott Wilson
  • Denyse Koo
  • Erin Long
  • Jennifer Furry
  • Jim Pullan
  • Lindsay Gaudette
  • Tracie Cownden
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The Help Fill A Dream family grows with every child helped.

Recipients become part of an expanding family, staying connected, and becoming volunteers and fundraisers. The compassion and care carries forward, with the best advocates for the program those who can share their experiences and knowledge with another family going through a similar situation.

Since 1986 Help Fill A Dream has supported over 3,400 Vancouver Island and Gulf Island families. There is a good chance that someone you know has had their life touched by Help Fill A Dream. With donor support we can continue to make impossible possible. Never underestimate the power of Dreams, or the role you could play in helping fill them.