The Dream Factory fulfills dreams for critically and chronically ill children ages three through eighteen.
In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown to become one of the largest children’s wish-granting organization in the United States. We have granted over 25,000 dreams since our inception –all while maintaining a professional, yet grassroots approach. The Dream Factory operate all 30+ of its local chapters with over 5000 very dedicated volunteers. To clarify, The Dream Factory chapters are run completely by volunteers. At the chapter level there are NO paid employees. Our National Headquarters, located in Louisville, KY has the equivalent of just 4 paid employees. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and then use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because we do not employ people on a local level, approximately 85% of all funds raised by The Dream Factory is used directly to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children.
The Dream Factory is the only 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 medical challenges and physical pain. We strive to provide hope and relief from the day to day challenges that both the children and their families can endure on a regular basis. We feel a dream is a reward given to those who face so many challenges. The children we meet deserve to have something wonderful in their lives. Doctors agree that providing a dream can improve the quality of life for these children and extend the life of a critically ill child.
On a local level, The Dream Factory of Rochester was chartered in the fall of 1998 with our first dream being fulfilled in May 1999 when Autumn, a 7 year old girl from Brockport, NY living with spinal muscular atrophy, traveled to Orlando, Florida with her mother. Today we are nearing the 200th dream for our chapter. We have sent many children to Central Florida, we have sent children to NYC, California, Arizona, and tropical islands. We have provided children with televisions, computers, pools, hot tubs, room makeovers, and shopping sprees. We have introduced children to sports celebrities, musicians, actresses, and creators of television shows. Their dreams are as varied as the children we meet and the challenges they face and we encourage you to read more about them in the “Dream Stories” section.
If you would like to learn more about our local chapter, nominate a child, host a fundraising event, or join us at meeting,
please contact as at 585-234-0740 or [email protected]