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Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri

Meet your local Dream Team!

Upcoming Events

Annual Trivia Night @ the Jackson Civic Center – Saturday Feb 24th, 2024. The link to sign up your team and link to pay online can be found below the flyer! We hope to see you there!

Pizza for a Purpose! Come to Rosati’s Pizza on March 26th, 2024 from 11am to 900pm and 10% of sales benefit LOCAL children with chronic or critical illnesses. 

Come to a monthly team member meeting! Reach out to us via email or check out our Facebook page for details. 

Trivia Night Registration - Click the button below!
(ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2024. PLEASE REACH OUT VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, EMAIL, OR CONTACT A VOLUNTEER IF YOU WANT TO INQUIRE ABOUT POSSIBLE OPEN TABLES.)

What is The Dream Factory of SEMO?

“The Dream Factory is the largest all-volunteer driven children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. The mission of The 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.”

 

Dream Factory of SEMO is our local chapter that supports terminally ill and chronically ill children here in Southeast Missouri. Our SEMO chapter has a goal of granting 3 dreams per year with each dream costing an average of $5,000. Families do not pay for any expenses and internal processes ensure the child’s dream is granted in the safest manner possible. Dreams are paid for solely through fundraising and donation activities held here locally in Southeast Missouri. The Dream Factory is 501(c)3 non-profit organization and so almost all donations we receive are 100% tax deductible. 

Want to know more about your local Dream Factory chapter? Watch our video by clicking the button below!

Ways to donate to your local Dream Factory chapter

#1) Mail a check or money order made payable to:

SEMO Dream Factory

PO Box 192
Jackson, MO 63755

#2) Email us at semissouri@dreamfactoryinc.org or message us on Facebook if you would like to discuss alternate donation options. 

 

 

#3) Donate via PayPal (click button below)

 

*Please note that if you want your donation to go to your local Dream Factory chapter, you must donate using our Facebook page or the blue PayPal button below. The yellow donate buttons on this page will send your donation to corporate and not your local chapter! 🙂 

How can I help?

1.) Become a volunteer! We can always use more help and support!

2.) Donate to help fund Dreams!

3.) Like us and follow us on Facebook (click link below) and share our posts! Help our community understand what we do! 🙂 

Meet some of our dream kids!

About McKenzie Winchester: McKenzie is a very cheerful young lady from Marion Illinois who suffers from Crohn’s disease, chronic ulcers, joint pain, and frequent vomiting. She requires frequent medical infusions and trips to St Louis to see her specialist(s). Her condition also requires her to live with certain dietary restrictions.

About McKenzie’s Dream: Her dream was to have a memory making vacation with her family in Hawaii. The Dream Factory of SEMO held a luau themed sendoff party for McKenzie on Friday April 30th 2021 courtesy of Sugar Chic Creamery in downtown Cape Girardeau, complete with her favorite snacks and drinks. McKenzie left for her dream trip on May 16th and returned on May 21st. While in Hawaii McKenzie was able to attend a real luau with her family. She also was able to go shopping and spend some quality family time relaxing on the beach. 

About Parker Elfrink: Parker is a bright young man from Jackson Missouri born with a hip condition, club feet, and 1 kidney. He underwent corrective surgery on his feet at 5 years old. At 4 years old his physicians discovered he had a spinal lipoma and later underwent surgery in Memphis to remove as much as possible. Parker continues to see several physicians including an endocrinologist.

About Parker’s Dream: His dream was to meet the Googan Squad. On May 10th 2021 at his dream send off party, The Dream Factory of SEMO surprised Parker with his new golf clubs. Parker left for his dream trip on May 19th and returned on the 21st. He spent this time fishing and hanging out with Andrew Flair of the YouTube famous Googan Squad. He also enjoyed some time at Top Golf while on his trip. 

About Calleigh: On January 10, 2020 a baseball sized tumor was found in Calleigh’s brain. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor on January 13, 2020 and was subsequently diagnosed with a rare type of pediatric brain cancer known as ETMR or Embryonal Tumor and Multilayer Rosettes. This type of cancer generally has a poor prognosis. Calleigh was given a 50% chance of 1-year survival and 10% chance of 3-year survival upon diagnosis. Unfortunately, Calleigh’s cancer is terminal. If you would like to know more about Calleigh or her journey, follow her Facebook Page “Calleigh’s Fight”.

About her Dream: Calleigh’s dream was to go to Disneyworld with her family. Her sendoff party was held January 1st 2021 at 200pm. We did it via “drive by” parade, to social distance, at her home in Altenburg. She has 5 sisters and all 8 family members went to Disney with her.

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