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Listing Of Foundations That Grant Wishes To Adults With Cancer And Life Threatening Diseases

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COMPASSION PARTNERS
407-828-2298
Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well.

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
267-708-0510
www.crossingthefinishline.org
Offers a one-week excursion for adults between the ages of 24 and 50 that have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients must reside in Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

THE DREAM FOUNDATION
805-564-2131
www.dreamfoundation.com
Grants final wishes to terminally ill adults over the age of 18.

FOREVER YOUNG
901-299-7515
www.foreveryoungseniorwish.org
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to reach out to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, home-bound individuals and adult day care facilities,regardless of age, to help make their dreams come true.

NEVER TOO LATE
317-823-4705
www.nevertoolate.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to the elderly (over 65) or to those that have a terminal illness. They will also grant wishes to a permanent nursing home resident regardless of their age.

REELING AND HEALING MIDWEST
866-237-5725
www.reelingandhealing.org
A non-profit organization that hosts several fly-fishing retreats for women and men with cancer throughout the year. Also offer a retreat for family, friends and caregivers once each year as well.

SECOND WIND DREAMS
678-624-0500
www.secondwind.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to older adults living in eldercare facilities or in hospice care. They have granted wishes throughout the United States, Canada as well as India.

SUNSET WISH FOUNDATION
336-978-WISH
www.sunsetwishfoundation.com
Provides wishes to adults 18 years and older who have a prognosis of less than one year. Must be a resident of the United States.

UNITED SPECIAL SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE
800-518-8019
www.childswish.com
A non-profit Christian organization that coordinates with other agencies to grant terminally ill and disabled sportsmen and women an outdoor adventure of their dreams.

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jend33
Hi I just found this site and I tried to call compassion partners and the phones are not working. My husband has stage 4 melanoma its throughout his whole body and I was looking into the theme parks for us and our three children . Do you know if they are still open or have they closed thanks alot. Jen
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a good neighbor   in reply to Meg2209
Hi Meg. I am sorry for the pain your are experiencing as you watch your friend suffer. I read of several suggestions at the top of this page, the first one is: " COMPASSION PARTNERS
407-828-2298 Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well. the are others here too, along with suggestions as to what to google. I hope you find a way to help fulfill her wish.
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woman in a shoe   in reply to sisterslove
I know it is heard on u right now but it will get easily as time goes on. But u will never for get your sister the plain u feel right now u will see what I am talking about when that time comes but I want u to post to me sometimes u take care it will get better.
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sisterslove   in reply to woman in a shoe
I'm not sure how to go on without her when that day comes it was just me and her i wanted a little sister and i was blessed with her and she was that pest of little sister that would follow me everywhere.I can remember her waking up early just so she could ride the school bus with me and i would have with me in homeroom then walk her over to her class i was in 8th grade and she was in kindergarten as she grew and moved away we still stayed close. she never wanted kids she just spoiled her nephews and called them her own. i want to say thank you for talking to me because i feel myself falling apart everyday little by little. i hope you and your family are doing well
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Meg2209
Hello. A very dear friend of mine was diagnosed 5 years ago with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer this was shortly after giving birth to her son. Her name is Randi and she is 27 years old she found out last fall that the cancer spread to her liver and lymph nodes. Her oncologist I started her on a trial chemotherapy which she has suffered complications. She found out this morning that her cancer has grown 7% her oncologist gave her the option stop treatment or to do one more round being the fighter that she is she has decided to go one more round. There is one thing she would like to do while she is still able is to take her 5-year-old son Carson to
Disneyland I don't know where to start and I'm having difficulties finding wish granting the foundations in Denver any help would be appreciated thank you!
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woman in a shoe   in reply to sisterslove
Hi I know what u and your family going thought my mom had lung cancer she couldn't take the chemo so she had to take radiation on one of her visit s they burner her not long after that they but her on hospice. If u need someone to talk to I will talk to u if I am not on I will still get your message. U take care
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tamba   in reply to sisterslove
MY LOVE TO YOU
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sisterslove
my younger sister was diagnoised with breast cancer a little over a year ago and has had both breast removed. she has had both radation and chemo. a few months after surgery she was told that it had spread to her brain she has gone though more chemo and had a port placed in her brain all of which have fail to help her. she is now on hospice care at the age of 36 she is leaving us she has made her final wishes known that all of her thingd be sent home to her family i just want to make this happen for her that way she can stop worrying about.
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ITWONTAKEME   in reply to bella1121
SIND15
Sorry for all your struggles. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was 25 and in the past 11 years have had three surgeries and done one one-year, round of chemo; and now two months after my third surgery I am starting 6 and a half weeks of radiation with chemo for 6 months due to the fact that the pathology came back anaplastic which is much more aggressive than my prior pathologies. I do not know what state you live in. I live in IL. Through Department of human services they have a program for tramatic brain injury patients. It did mention that you did you to apply for Medicaid but did not say you have to be approved. I go to a hospital for my care that is a non-profit. So anything not covered by insurance, you just fill out an application and they write off the balance of your bill. If it wasn't for that, I would be drowning myself. My suggestion would be to contact the american cancer society or the American Brain Tumor Association www.abta. go to the resources page and they have a phone number you can call as well. They have been very helpful. Right now I am looking for help getting resources to take my son on a vacation. These last few years have been hard on him and I'd like him to feel like we can feel more like a normal Mother/son family even if it's for a short while
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Poppyday13   in reply to Jarrod
I am reposting this that I found on Aidpage.
COMPASSION PARTNERS
407-828-2298
Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well.

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
267-708-0510
www.crossingthefinishline.org
Offers a one-week excursion for adults between the ages of 24 and 50 that have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients must reside in Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

THE DREAM FOUNDATION
805-564-2131
www.dreamfoundation.com
Grants final wishes to terminally ill adults over the age of 18.

FOREVER YOUNG
901-299-7515
www.foreveryoungseniorwish.org
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to reach out to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, home-bound individuals and adult day care facilities,regardless of age, to help make their dreams come true.

NEVER TOO LATE
317-823-4705
www.nevertoolate.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to the elderly (over 65) or to those that have a terminal illness. They will also grant wishes to a permanent nursing home resident regardless of their age.

REELING AND HEALING MIDWEST
866-237-5725
www.reelingandhealing.org
A non-profit organization that hosts several fly-fishing retreats for women and men with cancer throughout the year. Also offer a retreat for family, friends and caregivers once each year as well.

SECOND WIND DREAMS
678-624-0500
www.secondwind.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to older adults living in eldercare facilities or in hospice care. They have granted wishes throughout the United States, Canada as well as India.

SUNSET WISH FOUNDATION
336-978-WISH
www.sunsetwishfoundation.com
Provides wishes to adults 18 years and older who have a prognosis of less than one year. Must be a resident of the United States.

UNITED SPECIAL SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE
800-518-8019
www.childswish.com
A non-profit Christian organization that coordinates with other agencies to grant terminally ill and disabled sportsmen and women an outdoor adventure of their dreams.

Please contact the cancer association for more AND I note that you have naval connections. I don't know if it was merchant navy or royal navy , but both have charities that may give you a grant. There is also a charity for marine engineers that I know of. Please google every variation of your job /employer /shipping federation /seafarer / and mariner to get to the charities.
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Jarrod   in reply to missjanie
No I have not. I looked at the san diego website and it is only a provider for children with disabilities from what I gathered. Thank you for the suggestion.
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missjanie   in reply to Jarrod
Hi have yall tried the make a wish foundation yet?
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Jarrod   in reply to Pam M
Pam, I'm looking for help in making a wish come true for my wife with breast cancer. Its been a year sinse she was dianosed and very hard trials for all of us. Esspecially our 5 year old son and wife. I have been their rock in supporting them both emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially. Its been tough and really my only great satisfaction would to see them both smiling and enjoying an experience. We live in san diego and haven't been outside the area sinse my enlistment in the navy. I can't seem to find any programs out here that can help with just one with to see them smile. Do you have any suggestions?
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Poppyday13   in reply to Pam M
TERMINAL ILLNESS ? I am reposting this that I found on Aidpage.
COMPASSION PARTNERS
407-828-2298
Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well.

CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
267-708-0510
www.crossingthefinishline.org
Offers a one-week excursion for adults between the ages of 24 and 50 that have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients must reside in Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

THE DREAM FOUNDATION
805-564-2131
www.dreamfoundation.com
Grants final wishes to terminally ill adults over the age of 18.

FOREVER YOUNG
901-299-7515
www.foreveryoungseniorwish.org
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to reach out to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, home-bound individuals and adult day care facilities,regardless of age, to help make their dreams come true.

NEVER TOO LATE
317-823-4705
www.nevertoolate.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to the elderly (over 65) or to those that have a terminal illness. They will also grant wishes to a permanent nursing home resident regardless of their age.

REELING AND HEALING MIDWEST
866-237-5725
www.reelingandhealing.org
A non-profit organization that hosts several fly-fishing retreats for women and men with cancer throughout the year. Also offer a retreat for family, friends and caregivers once each year as well.

SECOND WIND DREAMS
678-624-0500
www.secondwind.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to older adults living in eldercare facilities or in hospice care. They have granted wishes throughout the United States, Canada as well as India.

SUNSET WISH FOUNDATION
336-978-WISH
www.sunsetwishfoundation.com
Provides wishes to adults 18 years and older who have a prognosis of less than one year. Must be a resident of the United States.

UNITED SPECIAL SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE
800-518-8019
www.childswish.com
A non-profit Christian organization that coordinates with other agencies to grant terminally ill and disabled sportsmen and women an outdoor adventure of their dreams.
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Pam M   in reply to kristen m
Hello Kristen. My very good friend (my sister I never had) recently had colorrectal cancer removed. During her Pet Scan, it was discovered that she also has liver cancer and cancer on the arenal gland on the kidney. She has suffered from Muscular Dystrophy since the age of 3 and is on permenant disability income. She is in the process of divorce. When I asked her to create a bucket list and include things that she thinks are out of reach, she said she wanted to take her 13 year old son to Disney. How can I contact them to see if I can help make this happen for her?
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kristen m   in reply to Pat Pat
did you contact disney directly? they are very generous and may be willing to work with you - when i was diagnosed with leukemia, i ended up not being about to use my season pass because i was too sick to go to disney for the whole year (i live in NY but my ex-husband & i own a home in FL that he rents from me and i can use it to get florida resident season passes)
when i contacted disney to explain that i had a season pass that expired but that i was now well enough to travel and i really wanted to take my then 3-year old daughter on a big vacation to make up for the past year they said they would get back to me, and a few days later called to say they would be upgrading my season pass and extending it another year, and they gave me tickets for my daughter who hadn't needed them at the time but would now since she turned 3. they won't give you a free trip but they may give you tickets or discounted lodging / tickets - they are usually very willing to work with people and i've heard similar stories from other people...
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kristen m   in reply to loving daughter
oh i'm so sorry! there are no good answers...and you've just bit hit with some really bad news. it takes time to process and digest. you don't give up - you fight - and you ask everyone everywhere you go for help, resources, etc. social work is a great place to start, but the one at my oncologist is not the best help - she's still newer and doesn't have the experience or connections yet. I went through the local leukemia / lymphoma society and one of the women who ran i support group i attended had some great ideas! i strongly suggest getting into a caregiver support group if you don't have one already. its helpful to meet other people in the same situation - for coping they know like no one else what you are going through, but also for their ideas on what to do - some have been going through the same things you have for years and really know the local system. try contacting the melanoma foundation (this is their patient support page but you could probably contact that person about caregiver support availability
http://www.melanomafounda...)
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birdwatcher   in reply to kys52
I have come across several organizations in my searches online that grant wishes for adults with life threatening illness. Go online and enter Organizations granting wishes for adults with life threatening illness. I would also enter this a second time adding the state your sister lives in so you can see if there is a dream granting organization just for people living in her State. She will likely need a letter from her doctor documenting her illness as part of the application process.
As far as the medical bills are concerned, a fund raiser is great, but if your sister may qualify for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income. I think she should apply for both programs and that she would be eligible for SSI very quickly.Your sister could receive a monthly check and help with the medical bills. SSDI takes longer to determine eligibility and you do not need a lawyer to apply. SSDI is based on how much you worked & earned over a lifetime. Your have to prove that you cannot do any of your past work skills for the next 23 consecutive months. If you are too ill to perform any work for the next year and your doctor is willing to document that for her, then she would get a check back to the date she applied and would be eligible for Medicare Disability Insurance. Depending on her on much income her husband makes and the cost of her medical treatments she is likely eligible for one of these programs. Most States have medical insurance pools to where, if you are eligible, you can purchases medical insurance at no cost to low cost depending on income. Your sister should ask one of her doctors to refer her to the hospitals social workers to see what programs she might be eligible for. The American Cancer Society is also a great resource.
I am hopeful that your sister will find an organization to provide her with the dream vacation. Just look on the web and you will see non-profit groups that grant these wishes for adults. I hope this info. helps & that your sister stays strong & positive.
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birdwatcher   in reply to loving daughter
I am so sorry to hear of all you & your Mother are going through with her recent cancer diagnosis. The best advise I can give you is to ask your Mom;s primary care doctor or her surgeon, to refer you to meet with one of the hospitals social workers. I am surprised one did not come to talk with you while your Mom was still in the hospital. The social worker fees should be covered by Medicare or your Mother's insurance. They can help you with resources, plan how & when to tell your Mom what her diagnosis & prognosis is, explain what her medical insurance will cover and look at what services she may need over time. & what your options are for getting the care & services she will need as her condition changes. The Social Worker can also provide you with an Advance Directive which is a form that helps people select what types of medical care they want or do not want if they cannot speak for themselves because of illness. The social worker can also keep communication open so you know what treatment options.
The American Cancer Society in your State or city is another resource that would be good to contact later on.
I hope, by now, someone has helped you get this information, but I wanted to make sure you knew who to talk to & get help from. I know the situation feels over whelming, but there is help available to lighten your burdens. Hamg in there and I will keep you in my thoughts.
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jazzyintexas   in reply to blessingsfromabove
I am 62 years old and have cirrhosis of the liver stage 4 in liver failure. I have hepatitis C, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hepatic encephalopathy. I really need a service dog to improve my quality of life and keep me out of the hospital. Could somebody please help me I am on a waiting list of 6 years. I heard on television that individuals could get a dog sooner through Texas A&M. Could somebody please help me. I am overweight and can barely get around.
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