Mission statement: We answer the dreams of chronically ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child's illness may cause.
83% of every dollar spent goes directly to program services!
The Original Wish Granting Organization, founded in 1976.
The only national organization answering the dreams of children with life-long chronic conditions that are turned away form other wish granting groups because they may not have a life-threatening illness.
Bill Sample, a Philadelphia police officer , started the foundation after working with a children’s hospital for many years.
Tianna, age 13, arrived at the Dream Village recently. She is one of many children suffering from Chronic Lung Disease that Sunshine serves. Common life-long illnesses of the children we serve: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome, Severe Autism, Spinal Injuries, Brain Injuries, Pulmonary Diseases and Physical or Sexual Abuse.
Only “A” rated charity for children who are terminally or chronically ill
Only national wish granting organization with its own Dream Village , providing personal service
High percentage of donations to programs = 83%
Once in a lifetime experience to families with limited income
Receives referrals from Make-A-Wish and other organizations because the children do not need a life threatening diagnoses
Only national organization answering dreams of children who are chronically ill, physically and severely behaviorally challenged and abused, including non-verbal requests
Only 2 paid staff at Dream Village. Volunteer driven charity.
15 all-volunteer chapters around the U.S.
sunshine foundation “ It was great to get away from all of the doctors!” - Amanda “ I forgot I was in a wheelchair” - Timothy
sunshine foundation “ The happiness he felt was remarkable! Pure joy!” - Jeremy’s mom “ It’s been a lot of NO’s from a lot of different places…so it was nice to have a dream like this come true” - Aidan’s mom
"Not all children are able to run and play and enjoy life. Many are innocent victims of birth defects, accidents and deadly diseases. Shouldn't each child know that somebody cares enough to see his or her dream come true?"
-Bill Sample, Founder,
sunshine foundation Contact Rich Mergo at [email_address] or 800-457-1976 for a personal tour www.sunshinefoundation.org