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Funds raised this Dry July will help Dream Makers make dreams come true for adults living with advanced cancer

About Us

Dreams2Live4 is the only charity in Australia that makes dreams come true for adults 17 years and over living with advanced cancer. During this difficult time, there’s little opportunity for adult cancer patients to have something they can enjoy.

Realising 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.

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes from weddings to family reunions, a few days away, or meeting someone special, a helicopter ride, or recording a song. A dream is the chance to celebrate what you love, to create lasting memories for the Dreamer, and for their family, friends, and carers.

“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.

Every day, we receive requests for dreams. Our aim is to help realise a dream every 24 hours, for as many adults as we can, across Australia.

Dreams2Live4, a national charity since 2015, relies on a small, dedicated team of Dream Makers, who are all trained nurses. They develop trusted relationships with their Dreamers, providing inspiration, and support as they plan and create their dreams together, whilst being mindful of their medical requirements.

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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Emily’s Story

Emily was 26 years old when she first noticed a lump in her left breast. After initially assuming it would just go away, she eventually went to her GP, who sent her for an ultrasound. A Stage 3B Breast Cancer diagnosis followed, as did 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, and five weeks of radiation therapy.

Around a year later, Emily received the heartbreaking news that her cancer had returned and had now metastasised to her bones.

“I was angry that I had done everything they had thrown at me, and I’d powered through it all for the last two years only to be told it hadn’t worked” explained Emily.

Emily says she copes by trying to turn negative experiences into positive thoughts and having the opportunity to do something she never thought possible was a dream come true.

Emily’s dream was to visit the Great Barrier Reef with her partner Layne so there was something positive to focus on beyond the world of cancer.

Working with Louise, one of the Dreams2Live4 nurse trained Dream Makers, Emily’s trip began to take shape and the couple travelled to North Queensland.

“It was amazing! We spent five nights in Palm Cove, and hired a car so we could explore. We went out to a pontoon in the outer reef, went to places like Fitzroy Island and Kuranda, and we just relaxed.”

Emily says the importance of having dreams to look forward to when you are experiencing advanced cancer can’t be underestimated.

‘’I found so much fulfilment in planning and preparing for our time away. Being so young with advanced cancer I felt like life was over before it has begun, and this trip showed that even with my diagnosis, I can still live.

We honestly had such a good time. I am so thankful for Dreams2Live4 for helping us bring this trip to life.’’

Michael’s Dream

Michael, 61 is living with advanced cancer. After finding out about what Dreams2Live4 can do to help adults living with advanced cancer he wrote a beautiful handwritten letter explaining what his dream was,

 “My only son Nicholas is due to get married next Friday in Sydney, and this is the one thing that has kept me going knowing that my son’s wedding was so close. My family are the most important thing to me on this planet, and I have drawn strength knowing my son’s wedding is on next week. I love all my family …and I’m very humbled that Dreams2Live4 have considered my request to allow me to spend this valuable time with my son and family on this special day.”

Michael needed medical transportation to get him to and from the Central Coast and Sydney to attend the wedding with his wife, Donna. Dream Maker Louise worked with Michael and Donna and helped to get everything organised for the special day.

Donna tells us ‘’No words can describe how grateful I am to the wonderful caring people at Dreams2live4, who made Michael a very happy Dad. The nurses on the day were kind and professional and took wonderful care of Michael. Everything went so smoothly, that we were able to relax and enjoy this very special day’’.

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.

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