April 19, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
PCSO Member Volunteers To Assist "Dreamlift" Children For Magical Day Of Disney Fun
On Tuesday, Apr. 23,
2002, Polk County Sheriff's Office member volunteers will greet over 100
seriously ill and physically challenged children as they arrive for a "Dreamlift"
visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Sheriff's Office members will greet the visiting children as they arrive
at the Orlando Airport for a magical day of fun and dreams at Walt Disney
World. The PCSO volunteers will then help the children and volunteers load
onto buses for the trip to the Magic Kingdom. Many of` the children are
confined to a wheel-chair. "Dreamlift" is a project of the Sunshine
Foundation in Loughman, which helps make dreams come true for terminally
and critically ill children.
Funded through donations, The Sunshine Foundation serves terminally and
critically ill children by granting them a wish, such as a trip to Disney
World or meeting a famous person or hero. The Foundation's Loughman
facility includes cottages for visiting children and their families, and
features the brick patrons' walk honoring those who have donated to the
program. Individuals or groups wishing to donate to the facility can
purchase a brick for the patrons' walk, and help create a lasting memory
for a sick child. The Foundation was founded by Bill Sample, a former
Philadelphia police officer assigned to a local children's hospital in the
1960's. As an officer at the hospital, Sample came to know many critically
ill children and their families. Burdened by a desire to help ease their
suffering, Sample enlisted the help of nine other men and women to form
the Sunshine Foundation, a group dedicated to granting wishes to
critically ill children.
national charities, the Foundation is not backed by numerous corporate
contributors. It relies on the support of people and organizations.
For more information on the Sunshine Foundation, call (800) 457-1976.