Meet Drea

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Meet Drea

Drea loves ice cream, cotton candy, and can’t wait to become a princess!

Letter From A Dream Parent:

On January 17, 2019, our lives changed in a matter of minutes. Our baby girl, Drea had been not feeling well for months: constant nausea, headaches and dizziness. We had taken her to the doctor several times and after two emergency room visits, a CT scan confirmed our worst nightmare: Drea had a tumour inside the 4th ventricle of her brain.

We were told that surgery was inevitable and on January 28, 2019, after hours of tears and uncertainty, we learned the surgery was a success. Surgeons were able to remove 100% of Drea’s tumour. We were over the moon and so happy - Drea was finally on the road to recovery.

There are no words to describe the feelings and emotions that go through your body as those words come out of the doctor’s mouth.

Unfortunately, just days later on February 1st, 2019, our world came crashing down once again. The doctors diagnosed Drea with an aggressive form of brain cancer: Medulloblastoma Group 3.

There are no words to describe the feelings and emotions that go through your body as those words come out of the doctor’s mouth. In the coming days we quickly realized that Drea was headed into the fight of her life.

Drea is one of a kind. She’s a huge prankster and always loves making people laugh. She loves so many of the things that 5-year-old girls love: dancing, singing karaoke, giving makeovers, and manicures and pedicures.

She’s also quite a sports fan, she cheers loud for the Manitoba Moose and was so disappointed when her first season of hockey had to be cut short due to her diagnosis. She’s also always pretending she’s a WWE Diva and trying to wrestle with her siblings.

Pictured:  Drea with her very special Dream Factory Bear and Blanket

Pictured: Drea with her very special Dream Factory Bear and Blanket

Like most kids, Drea also has quite the sweet tooth! Her favourites are cotton candy (the pink kind, of course) and going for dessert after dinner. These treats have become fun distractions on tough treatment days.

It’s been a really rough couple of months for our family, and there is a lot of uncertainty ahead. We know that Drea is in for a long, hard battle. We’re trying to focus on keeping things as light and fun as we can, and chatting with her about The Dream Factory and her dream come true has been a big part of that.

Drea is our little princess, and we are excited for her to feel like the princess that she truly is when we visit Disney for her dream princess makeover. For us, it really is the light at the end of a long, long tunnel - and we can’t wait for it to be here.