|Sandra Allen's 10k run
|On Sunday 10th July 2011 Alison Shaw and I will be pushing ourselves to complete a 10k run around the City of London and the surrounding areas. We will be doing this to raise money for Dial-a-Dream to complete another dream for a terminally ill child and by doing this giving the child an incentive to say "Let Me, Live Another Day". Because life has dealth these children such a cruel deal we hope a dream of a life time will give them the fight to want to live that extra day to allow doctors to try and cure them. After 20 years the people at Dial-a-Dream still complete their work without pay, so you can be assured that every penny donated goes to realising a childs dream.
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|Zoe's Dream Trip
|Zoes Dream Were home safe and sound and on behalf of Zoe we wish to thank everyone at Dial A Dream for making Zoe's dream become a reality by making the trip to Florida to meet Mickey and Minnie a Dream come True. The travel arrangements from home to Florida were excellent with no hitches whatsoever. Upon arrival at Kids Village we were so overwhelmed to find that such a wonderful caring place even existed, for kids who have been through illnesses such as Zoe's. To be honest we were sad to leave after the week was up. Then we went and stayed at the Dream Villa for the second week to enable us to relax after the parks and other attractions that abound in the area. We all made good use and loved the private pool and games room in the villa. Kissimmee is a fantastic holiday destination with so much to do and the perfect climate in which to do it in. Zoe was so brave during her treatment and is now in remission. That holiday has done her and the whole family a great deal of good especially after what we have all been through over the last couple of years. So Thank you Dial A Dream and all connected with this fabulous caring organisation
|Is this the Record
|In 1982, Mr and Mrs Carmichael who live near Hamden Park in Glasgow, were happily awaiting the arrival of their first born and were over the moon when Ross arrived. Just like any parents they lavished their love and attention on the young man who was to become the one to carry on the Carmichael family name
It was some 6 months later that the parents had an inkling that all was not well with Ross, after many visits to the local doctor and hospital they were given the news that would send icicles down their spine. The news was that Ross had the disease Autoimmune Enteropathy, as a normal couple the parents had no idea as to the cause or outcome of the disease would be for their son.
After many checks they found this disease was a killer, attacking the stomach’s gastro organs. This started with what they thought was a normal bout of children’s diarrhoea, but because it did not clear up in the normal time they got the hospital to do further in depth checks.
Some years later after questioning doctors about the likelihood of this rare illness occurring again, if they had another child, they were assured that the chances were very highly stacked in their favour of having a fit and healthy child.
They were to have another son, who they named Gary. It was hoped that Gary would ease the tense pressure that was building up, due to Ross living a life as though he had an internal time bomb.
But it was within the first year that they were dealt the sickening blow that their second son Gary had also contracted the Autoimmune Enteropathy.
As a few more years rolled on the family contacted Dial-a-Dream and we decided to send them on a trip to Disney in the USA which was Gary’s dream. This was because both boys fell within our charter, of age and having a terminal illness.
After they returned from their fantastic holiday in Disney staying at one of our villas, the family was so overjoyed and they started to organise charity nights to raise money for Dial-a-Dream. They also acquired a football trophy which they got local football teams to compete for every 2 years, which was another way of raising money.
Sadly Gary died in 2006, at the age of 21 from the stomach cancer.
But brother Ross still wanted to carry on raising money for Dial-a-Dream as he knew how wonderful it was for a child with very little future, to have a dream become a reality. His last challenge was to get a music CD produced by local groups around the Glascow and Scottish areas.
Ross put all his spare energy in encouraging these groups to join his quest to raise money to help Dial-a-Dream, but sadly Ross died in August 2011 before he saw this dream become a reality .
Now his father Drew Carmichael is ploughing all of his time into getting Ross’s dream to come to fruition, and now in June this year it seems that the CD will be available to the public.
The next problem for Drew is to get the CD publicised and set up a postal address for prospective buyers to be able to purchase “Complex” which is the proposed name for Ross’s dream CD.
He also wants to complete the task in memory of the two sons that he loved so much.
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