Deadlifts For Dreams
February Blog: Trips to Japan, Crock A Doodle Fun, and more!
Elevator doors opened up to reveal Maya, who had just finished a round of chemo, singing Lion King songs at the top of her lungs, delighting the other patients and parents in the Children’s Hospital cancer ward.
“She loves Lion King,” Maya’s mother, Sarah says, laughing. “But she doesn’t really know the words, so she just sings what it sounds like to her.”
January Blog: Celebrating An Amazing 2018!
We had a great start to 2019 here at The Dream Factory, and are already so excited about what is sure to be one of our best years yet! Here’s what we got up to this month, and what’s coming up!
WPG CYCLE: Spinning For A Dream!
Welcome to the first installment of our brand new monthly blog. It’s our way of keeping you up to date with our latest news, events, and of course – dreams! Please feel free to share with and family who you think may be interested!
Enjoy! And thanks again for helping make dreams come true!
- The Dream Factory Team
This January, local entrepreneurs and owners of WPG Cycle Christy Weiss and Jamie Murray decided that they wanted to make a difference. They were going to make a dream come true.
Christy and Jamie strive every day to build a community that is safe, inclusive, and positive. It was nothing short of destiny when they learned that there was a little girl out there dreaming of finding exactly that: community.
On April 5th, 2017, our world came crashing down on us. Our 3-year old daughter Maia was diagnosed with Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She hadn’t been herself for a few months, but there were no indicators that it was something so serious. A few weeks before her diagnosis, things changed.
She developed a fever that wouldn’t go away, had many bruises on her legs, no appetite, and little energy. The day we brought her to the Children’s ER, she had little blood spots on the bridge of her nose. Hours later, we were given the news that would change the course of our family’s life, and begin Maia’s fight for her own.
Volunteer Spotlight: Dianna Williamson
Ryder was born in June of 2012. Like most parents, my husband Chris and I had no idea what the journey of parenthood was all about but we would soon find out that the unexpected could happen at any moment.
We didn’t learn what a warrior Ryder would become until 8 months later, when we were told something no parent ever expects: Ryder had Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
I have been a volunteer for The Dream Factory for the past 15 years. At that time when it was called The Rainbow Society, I was working for the Winnipeg Free Press. This is where I met Tony and Paul Thompson who got me involved with the dragon boat team. Tony's wife is Grace Thompson, who was the former Winnipeg Executive Director of the Dream Factory. I was one of the paddlers on the boat for about 5 years and all of the money we raised were for the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Ava was born just over a month early on February 8, 2011. The doctors had hoped her condition would correct itself and, once born, she would be okay. Within a week, Ava relapsed and was in need of her seventh blood transfusion. We were told at this time for her to sustain life, she would need continual blood transfusions but still they said, “We don’t know why.”
Our family became a permanent fixture in Pediatric Cancer Care Manitoba. The weekly visits for blood transfusions and tests were always emotionally and physically draining. Ava was so very small and her veins were no bigger than a hair. It was not unusual for her to receive 6-8 “needle pokes” to find a vein that would take and hold an intravenous needle.