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The happiness a dream brings starts from the very first conversation with a Dream Maker.

Dreams2Live4 is the only charity in Australia that makes dreams come true for adults 17 years and over living with metastatic cancer (meaning any cancer which has spread), relapsed lymphoma, relapsed leukaemia, and high-grade brain tumours.

From weddings to family reunions, a few days away or meeting someone special, a dream is the chance to celebrate what you love.

We’ve had Dreamers like Vanessa who recorded her favourite song, Jo who took her young children on a family holiday they will remember forever and Greg who was reunited with his father after many years apart.

“Dreams2Live4 truly are angels. To allow Dreamers just one day or moment away from their illness and to help them do something that is otherwise impossible is incredible,” said Mel, Dreamer’s wife.

A dream changes lives at a time when good news is seldom expected. It provides a much-needed distraction from cancer and gives the Dreamer' and their loved ones something positive to focus on away from the endless hospital visits and medical appointments.

Dreams2Live4 relies on a dedicated small team of Dream Makers, who all have a nursing background. They develop trusted relationships with their Dreamers, providing guidance and support as they plan and create their dreams together.

Every day, we receive requests for dreams. Our aim is to help as many adults as we can across Australia enrich their quality of life, improve their mental health, and create lasting memories – and we need your support.

Funds raised by Dreams2Live4 Dry July supporters will be used to fund our Dream Makers - so let’s rally together this Dry July and help make more dreams come true.

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Dreams2Live4 continues to fund Dream Makers thanks to Dry July funds

Your fundraising for Dry July 2023 will be used to fund Dream Makers to make life-changing dreams come true across Australia for adults living with advanced cancer.

Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of people living with cancer.


Sheryl's Story

Inspirational Dreamer Sheryl wears her kilt or her “warrior outfit” for every chemotherapy and oncology appointment - she calls herself ‘Shezza Braveheart’.

“My cancer journey commenced in 2018 when I ‘accidentally’ discovered a large tumour under my right breast. Fast-forward to 2021, and the cancer had metastasized and I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer,” said Sheryl.

Sheryl had always dreamt of visiting the Outback and decided she needed something to get through the challenging months ahead, something to aim for, something to live for.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out about Dreams2Live4. I applied online and received a phone call from Louise, one of the Dream Makers,” explained Sheryl.

“It was the best phone call I could have wished for! When Louise said she could help me with my dream, I cried with joy! Is this real? Am I dreaming this?”

After months of planning and working with Louise, Sheryl headed to the Outback for her dream trip and came back with a whole new outlook on life.

“The euphoria a dream provides is immeasurable - not only for myself but for everyone around me. It’s infectious, it makes you feel loved. To visit so many special places has left me with a wonderful feeling of contentment, I really did have, and still do have, a swing in my kilt!”

“Thank you Dreams2Live4 for supporting me to live my dream!” 

We are delighted to announce that with your help we raised an astounding $51,419 for Dreams2Live4

By taking part in Dry July, you’ve helped to fund Dreams2Live4 Dream Makers so they can continue to make dreams come true for adults living with metastatic cancer.

A dream has a remarkable impact, empowering adult cancer patients to find purpose again, bringing joy, hope and dignity into their lives. Our Dream Makers give them the strength to reach for their dreams, to have something to focus on away from the endless hospital visits and medical appointments. Some dreamers know straight away what their dream is, others need a little more time to digest what they are being offered and to work with our Dream Makers to make the magic happen. Most cannot believe that we can make their dream come true. 

Thank you for taking on the Dry July challenge this year, we are extremely grateful for your fundraising efforts and dedication.

Dreams2Live4 can make dreams come true for adults living with metastatic cancer thanks to Dry July fundraising

Thanks to your Dry July fundraising, you have helped Dreams2Live4 to continue to make dreams come true across every Australian state and territory.

A dream changes lives. Because of you, adults (17+) living with metastatic cancer, relapsed lymphoma, relapsed leukaemia and high-grade brain tumours will have the chance to dream, a chance to have something special to focus on, away from the endless treatments and medical procedures. 

‘’Dreams2Live4 brings the person out of the patient. It gives people a sense of self. A sense of achievement. And they often find themselves doing something that they had only dreamed they could do. It has a remarkable impact,” said Dr Ralph McConaghy, Medical Director Palliative Care Service, The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane.

Every dream is unique. Some want to get married; others sky dive; many dream to create lasting, happy memories with a family holiday or photo shoot.

‘’I was so excited to be able to have a holiday with my daughters and my mum. I cried tears of happiness. We have all been through so much these past few years and this was such an amazing experience that I will be forever grateful for,’’ said Rebecca, Dreamer.

“Having something planned and to look forward to makes life so much more exciting’’, added John. Dreamer.

On behalf of Dreams2Live4 - thank you so much for your incredible fundraising efforts and for helping to make dreams come true.

Carolina's Story

"When you have your cancer diagnosis, you worry about what will happen to you, but when you have a dream to look forward to, it’s a life change.’’ Carolina, Dreamer.

When Carolina was a baby she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Thankfully, she responded to treatment and for the next 38 years was cancer free. Then Carolina’s life turned upside down when she received the news that cancer had returned.

‘’When I got the news, it was devasting, I couldn’t believe it. The cancer changed not only my life but also my husband’s life. Roberto is always there for me and I know he suffers a lot. When I found out about Dreams2Live4 it gave me hope and the chance to have something to look forward to with Roberto,’’ said Carolina.

‘’Ever since I was a young child, I dreamt of going in a hot air balloon. To me, being up in the sky is a good way to celebrate life. I applied for a dream and couldn’t believe it when I received a phone call from Annabel, one of Dreams2Live4’s Dream Makers. We worked together to plan my hot air balloon ride and weekend away in the Hunter Valley. I had major surgery coming up so I wasn’t sure how well I would be, but knowing I had my balloon ride kept my spirts up.’’

Carolina and Annabel developed a strong bond as they planned her dream, giving Carolina something positive to focus on during such a difficult time. Dream Maker’s care for each and every dreamer, offering support, compassion and guidance as they work together to realise their dreams.

‘’On a daily basis the only thing we cancer patients think about is when is my next scan; when do I need to see the doctor; when is my next treatment; I am feeling well; I am not feeling well. But when you start thinking about and planning your dream, instead of telling my friends about my next scan, I was telling them that I am going up in a hot air balloon,’’ said Carolina.

Thanks to Dreams2Live4, Carolina spent a few wonderful, carefree days in the Hunter Valley with her husband, enjoying fine wines, good food and the beautiful countryside. 

‘’Being in a hot air balloon was magical. It gave me a feeling of freedom, it meant I was alive. I didn’t think about anything, I just enjoyed that peaceful moment. It brought me back to when I was a child and saw a balloon flying over my home. That child was up in the air in a hot air balloon, a child without worries or problems, without chemotherapy or surgery to think about, a child who felt normal as anybody else. So many thanks for letting me have that special moment that I will keep in my heart forever.’’

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