Founded in 1984 by local businessman Kostas Kalogeropoulos, Dream Come True is a unique organization that provides hope, joy, and a chance to dream for children who are seriously, chronically, or terminally ill in the Greater Lehigh Valley PA area. We serve children between the ages of 4 and 17 and are dedicated to helping them forget their daily struggles with illness.
With over 35 years of experience, Dream Come True has fulfilled the dreams of over 1,250 children and their families. Our mission is to promote and enrich the lives of children facing serious health challenges, offering them the opportunity to hope, dream, and live their fantasies.
At Dream Come True, we offer more than just dream fulfillment – we also provide college scholarships and funeral expenses for our dream recipients. Each year, we aim to fulfill 30 dreams and bring smiles to the faces of the children we serve. Join us on our mission to make a positive impact in the lives of ill children.
Children living in the Lehigh Valley area, aged 4-17, who have a life-threatening illness or an illness that significantly impacts their daily life are eligible. We serve children from all income levels.
Dream Come True has specific policies and guidelines for granting dreams. Our volunteers collaborate with the child’s medical team to determine the feasibility of a dream. Dreams must also fall within our financial limits. We do not fulfill dreams involving firearms, ATVs, cars, vans, cash, mortgages, rent, construction, remodeling, or in-ground swimming pools.
Disney World is the top choice for many children. Other popular dreams include meeting entertainers and sports figures, going on trips and cruises, redecorating bedrooms, and obtaining computer systems.
To keep overhead low, most of our volunteers work from their homes. While we don’t staff our office, we do have an answering machine to take messages. We prioritize an intimate setting when working with families, so we visit them in their homes.
Dream Come True relies on individual donations, business sponsorships, corporate giving, grants, planned giving, memorial tributes, and various fundraising events. In-kind contributions also help us lower the costs of granting dreams. We do not solicit through telephone or door-to-door campaigns.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contribution to Dream Come True may be tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.
The Dreams we have offered
Australia Bahamas – Paradise Island Bush Gardens/Virginia Beach Chicago Disney Cruise Disneyland Disneyworld Great Wolf Lodge Hawaii Kalahari Resort Kennedy Space Center Las Vegas/Grand Canyon Legoland in CA Marco Island Florida National Geographic Alaska Cruise New Jersey Shore NY Giants NY Yankees Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles Sailfishing Fishing Trip – Florida Keys San Francisco Ski Trip South Korea to Visit Relatives Space Camp Strasburg Railroad Trip to Chicago US National Park Tour
Famous People & Events:
Andy Rodman – Tennis Bob Barker Britney Spears Cast of High School Musical Cast of Myth Busters Dancing with the Stars Duke University to meet Coach K Helen Hayes Hulk Hogan Ian Sanderholder Jack Nicklaus JK Rowlings John Cena – WWE John Green Jonathan Taylor Thomas Kiss – Rock Band Leslie Collier, Ballerina Luke Perry Mariah Carey Meet Harrison Ford Met Stef Curry – Golden State Warriors Mike Trout – LA Angels New Kids on the Block Band Pat Robertson Set Guns and Roses Rock Band Starmus Conference/Steven Hawking
Activities & Items:
Backstage Captain Planet Bass Fishing Boat Baywatch Set Cabinetmaking Equip Clarinet Cruises Golden Retriever Puppy Grammy Awards Horse and Tack Horse Therapy Lessons Large Screen TV Pony Salt Water Aquarium Shopping Sprees Spent Day at Ralph Lauren Offices Super Bowl Game Swim with Dolphins Touch Talker Communication Aid Video Gaming System Visited set of Hot Rod Garage Visit Relatives/Navy Seals
Number of Dreams: 1,261 AS OF DECEMBER 2021 – 6 DREAMS FULFILLED IN 2021
Allentown – 268 Lehigh County – 228 Bethlehem – 170 Easton – 1111 Other Northampton County – 185 Stroudsburg/E Stroudsburg – 32 Berks County – 29 Bucks County – 46 Montgomery County – 30 Warren County NJ – 41 Other Monroe County – 15 Carbon County – 57 SchuylKill County – 21 Luzerene County – 16 Pike County – 1