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Dream Machine brings a little magic to 3yr old Limerick “miracle boy”

Cian Murphy has been extremely ill since the day he was born and spent the first 21 months of his life in Our Lady’s Hospital for Children in Crumlin.

Cian has an unknown diagnosis. He has a tracheostomy, is on a ventilator and also has congenital cardiac and endocrineissues.

Cian only returned home to Limerick in October 2013 and now in conjunction with the Limerick Regional hospital Cian is doing very well since his return. According to his mum Orla “he has had a few blips since he came home but thankfully he is now doing great, even starting pre-school in January.  He is our miracle little man and we are very proud of him.”

So, when Cian’s SNA Majella contacted Share a Dream to see if they could make Cian’s 3rd birthday a very special day with a visit from their magical Dream Machine they immediately said of course!

So, last Saturday the 17th the magical Dream Machine arrived to his home in Rhebogue along with Woody, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse much to the highlight of Cian, his cousins and friends.

After Cian and all his friends enjoyed his birthday party inside his home with all the characters even “bum shuffling” with Mickey Mouse they then spent an hour enjoying the magic that is the “Dream Machine.”


Dream Machine delivers Santa to the door of Limerick Boy Joey

When Joey Enright saw the Share A Dreams “Dream Machine” pull up outside his home in Clonard, Westbury little did he know more surprises lay inside. 

Joey’s dad approached Share A Dream as he was struggling to get his young son into the spirit of Christmas. Joey absolutely loves Santa. This year however Joeys Dad, Keith, Was struggling to find somewhere that caters to Joeys unique needs.

In a letter sent to Share A DREAM Keith wrote,“Our son Joey suffers from Autism and we are finding it very difficult to find a place to see Santa. He becomes uncomfortable in large crowds and really struggles with long queues. He loves meeting Santa but we can’t seem to get a grotto to cater to his needs and as we can’t take our other children without him unfortunately they are also missing out which is heart-breaking”.

Something very special happened, however, on Thursday evening when Santa abandoned his sleigh and hitched a ride in the Dream Machine to visit Joey, his family and friends. Being purpose built to appeal to children of all abilities the Dream Machine was the ideal mode of transport for Santa on this occasion. 

“This has been a truly magical experience for Joey and the entire family. We cannot believe that Share A Dream have organised all this for Joey on such short notice. We are absolutely blown away and so grateful”, said Joeys dada Keith.

Davina's Dream Come True!

There was pure happiness and smiles all round when the dream pug puppy found his new home with Davina.

When the Dream Team contacted Davinas Mum Collette she was over the moon “She is going to be so excited. In time for Christmas and all. Thanks for making such good times and fulfilling her dreams. It gives Davina something positive to think of when she looks back at this time in her life and not the bad, hard times she had a tumour. We are forever grateful to Share A Dream.

“Christmas can be a very tough time for the children and families we work with. What happened here today is truly magical and is what Christmas is all about. It was an absolute pleasure to help Santa make this dream come true for Davina. She is a very special girl. We hope the new addition to the family will bring joy to the whole Flaherty household and lead to many happy adventures in the years ahead.” Shay Kinsella, C.E.O., Share A Dream.

Children of Courage 2014

There was great excitement as 9 very special children gathered in Limerick for the 14th National Children of Courage Awards hosted by the Share A Dream Foundation. First stop a trip to see Santa courtesy of The Santa Experience .

These children, who have shown unbelievable courage and determination in the face of illness, have been selected from nominations from all over Ireland. Their determination to get as much out of life as possible in spite of their illness or disability will be honoured at the Dream Ball and National Children of Courage Awards Saturday Night in the Raddisson Hotel.

The event, hosted by the brilliant Noel Cunningham and special guest, All Ireland winning Manager Brian Cody, will include video messages of congratulations from top secret tv and sporting personalities. To top off an already exciting weekend each Children of Courage Winner will receive a Dream from the Share A Dream Foundation in the new year with requests range from a Pug Puppy, meeting Irish Rugby Heroes to Trips to Disneyland.

The children who received awards are Jake Naughton (15) from Wexford, Alex Foley (3) from Cork, Sam Carroll (4) from Meath, Oisin Pollard (15) from Carlow, Hannah May Carroll (3) from Athlone, Davina Flaherty (9) from Portumna, Bianca O’Brien (6) Fethard, Lily Mae Morrisson (6, and last but not least Ben Herbert. (8) from Dublin.

Kellie's Dream Come True

12 years old Kellie Brennan from Gorey is unlike most 12 year old girls her age as she has been her mum Caroline’s carer for the past few years as unfortunately her mum has been battling ill health.

Kellie does everything for her Mum always with a smile and never complains and has had to forget her childhood and grow up very quickly to accept way more responsibility that no child her age should have to do.

Staff at Paddy Mc Auleys  pharmacy, Gorey were so moved by this heart breaking story that they contacted Wexford man Shay Kinsella of the Share a Dream Foundation to ask if in anyway this wonderful young 12 year old could be recognised for her unbelievable love and support she gives her Mum.

Being from Camolin and touched by this wonderful little girls love for her mum we will give Kellie a very special day and treat her like a Princess.  Mum Caroline said it would mean so much to both of them to just have one very special day away from all the heartache and pain they have both gone through together and her and her daughter having a wonderful girly day together. It would get them through some really tough times ahead with a beautiful memory of a very special day

So, on Saturday 18th October Caroline and Kellie arrived at Paddy Mc Auley Pharmacy where they were met by all the staff who first of all took Kellie and mum off to have her nails and make up. After having some sparkling Lemonade and champagne and receiving lots of beautiful gifts both mum and daughter headed off to have their hair done.

Jim of His & Hers hair salon immediately got to work on transforming Kellie’s hair while mum watched on.

Then it was time for shopping as they headed first of all to the Jewellers for some beautiful jewellery.  Next for some clothes and Kellie was dressed from head to toe at 34th boutique.  Then to Funages were she received a beautiful pair of Converse sneakers.

After a hectic day it was time for resting so Kellie & her mum were then collected by Pat of Claddagh Limos and along with Garda Escort brought to the beautiful Arklow Bay hotel, Wicklow.  There they checked into their gorgeous suite and enjoyed a delicious dinner and later relaxing together for the evening to reminisce on a fantastic day together.k

Students Unite to Smile for Dreams

Smile for dreams is a very simple and fun way that everyone can help us to raise funds, create awareness and be part of something really special at the touch of a button.

You simply take a Selfie, Text SHARE to 50300 and donate €2 to Share a Dream and then post your Selfie on FB, Twitter, Instagram etc with the tagline #smilefordreams

We are absolutely thrilled that the Students Union of UL, Mary Immaculate College, LIT and College of Art  and eight secondary schools have come behind this campaign to build Dreamland and they are urging all the thousands of students on campus to smile for dreams and get texting! Students are doing it for kids who can’t do it for themselves.  

Mayor of Limerick Michael Sheehan has been behind this campaign from the start and hosted the launch in his chambers for the charity and is also urging everyone to support the campaign for smile for dreams.

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