Delaware Dreams

Delaware Dreams

Beyond the Heartache
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Beyond the Heartache

The Delaware Dreams Foundation has had many heartwarming stories over the years but this is one that occurred in 1989 and initiated an annual tradition that continues today. Cancer can often be an isolating factor for both the patient and their families. In the case of one family in treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital, a patient’s mother proposed, via a letter to the local newspaper, some kind of forum where families in treatment could come together in a casual setting outside of the hospital to communicate/commiserate with other patients and families facing similar challenges
This letter caught the eye of the Delaware Dreams leadership, a reasonably new non-profit at the time, and a new partnership was born! In 1989 the first DE Dreams Pediatric Oncology Holiday party was held for families currently in treatment or recently out of treatment. The patient’s entire family was welcome, and they could mingle with the doctors and nurses whom they had grown to know so well. Of course, the main event was when the man in red arrived – but even more exciting for the many smiling faces was to see the hospital’s chief oncologist handing out gifts as “Santa’s helper” to all the children in attendance. As that inspirational patient’s Mom stated, “I knew what it was like to go through it alone. Delaware Dreams has been a real morale booster.”
Looking ahead to the year 2018 –Delaware Dreams was holding our 28th annual Nemours Hospital for Children Oncology family picnic. This particular year, in keeping with our ultimate goal of providing an opportunity for families to join together and share stories of hope, we invited a former patient’s family to attend and take a few minutes to speak about their experience with cancer treatment at Nemours... The Mom of the pediatric oncology patient shared her family’s story of cancer treatment, some low moments, and some hopeful moments. When she finished her speech she said to the attentive audience –“… I want to share the brightness that can come following a difficult time fighting cancer. I want to bring up my daughter, a former cancer patient who is doing wonderfully, and her baby daughter, my granddaughter. My thought was: now that is a real morale booster.
Delaware Dreams continues its mission of bringing a smile to a child’s face. We are grateful and honored to do so.
To learn more about Delaware Dreams, please visit our web site –
This year Delaware Dreams is proud to be an approved charity for the 2023 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Please recommend Delaware Dreams to anyone you know who is a federal employee or retiree who may be interested in supporting our mission. Thank you!

Delaware Dreams

Delaware Dreams Foundation works with local children’s organizations to bring a smile to a child’s face.
Delaware Dreams, Inc., founded in 1987, is a private foundation formed to provide for the special needs and/or wishes of those children in the Delaware community who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses/challenges.

Beyond the many individual cases presented to Dreams from the social work staff of Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware Dreams also sponsors several events for the families of children being treated for cancer and sickle cell disease at the Nemours Children’s Hospital (located in Wilmington, DE). These events offer an opportunity for the entire family to interact in a relaxed atmosphere with the doctors and nurses they have all grown to know only in a hospital setting.

Delaware Dreams also supports Exceptional Care for Children (ECC), Delaware’s first and only pediatric skilled nursing facility. Exceptional Care for Children is a center for skilled nursing, palliative, and end-of-life care for children.

As of 2020 Delaware Dreams is proud to support the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware (DSA), by supporting special events for the children of DSA of Delaware to enjoy. The DSA of Delaware is a statewide non-profit support group, organized and managed by parents of people with Down syndrome.

Since 1989 Delaware Dreams has been a proud supporter of higher education through Delaware FAME (Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering) by annually awarding a two-year college scholarship to a graduating member of the FAME program.

To learn more about how Delaware Dreams brings a smile to a child’s face, please visit our web site –
Delaware Dreams is proud to be an approved charity for this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
Our charity designation number is #35795
Please recommend Delaware Dreams to anyone you know who is a federal employee or retiree who may be interested in supporting our mission. Thank you!
Email Address: [email protected]

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