Most dream requests fall into five major categories:
Many children want to meet their favorite television personality, movie star or favorite recording artist. Some children want to meet other role models such as politicians or other public figures.
Many children dream of what they may aspire to when they grow up including being a fireman, policeman, military officer, model or even a princess for a day.
Some children wish for a special gift that they may have been dreaming about for a long time such as a hot tub, pool, shopping spree, playhouse, computer, big screen TV or a pet.
Many boys and girls of all ages want to see their favorite sports team, go to a NASCAR race and meet their favorite sports hero.
Dream Trips include, theme parks, visits to other countries and exotic islands, cruises, and popular beach destinations.
No. Family income is not considered when determining whether a child is eligible for a dream.
No. All dream expenses are paid for through donations, fundraising efforts and in-kind contributions to the Lexington Dream Factory. The Lexington Dream Factory strives to create a memorable dream experience that is as free of stress and concern as possible.
In most instances, those that accompany the child are restricted to immediate family members; the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and siblings.
It is important that the dream be that of the child’s and not other family members. For this reason, the child must be able to communicate their dream to the Lexington Dream Factory screening volunteers.
The Lexington Dream Factory chapter follows national policies and guidelines for granting a child’s dream. However, it is up to the Lexington Dream Factory to determine their own criteria for granting dreams for chronically ill children. The child’s physical condition also, at times, has a role in determining whether a particular dream will be possible. The treating physician works closely with the Lexington Dream Factory volunteers to determine the best time for a dream to be granted and whether a dream will be safe for the child. If a particular dream cannot be granted due to safety concerns, an alternative dream is normally granted.
The Lexington Dream Factory does not grant dreams for motorized vehicles or weapons of any type.
The Lexington Dream Factory is a non-profit organization and so almost 100% of the donations we receive are tax deductible.
No. The Lexington Dream Factory is the only dream-granting organization in the United States that grants dreams to children who are also chronically ill. We believe that these children also endure trauma, stress and emotional suffering.
The mission of the Lexington Dream Factory is to grant dreams to children 3 through 18 who are critically or chronically ill. To be eligible for a dream the illness must be documented and affirmed by a treating physician.
Want to get involved with the Lexington Dream Factory? Call (859) 254-9474 or submit the form below.