The Dream Factory is a charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. We’re unique because we’re based in Manitoba – and all of the funds we raise stay in this province to help local children. Everything we do is focused on helping sick kids and their families.
The Dream Factory relies solely on the generous support of people and businesses. Since 1983, when we were founded as The Rainbow Society, we’ve created cherished memories for more than 700 families in Manitoba.
how does it work?
Our mandate simply requires that a potential Dream Kid should be under the age of 18 and able to communicate their dream. We include all immediate family members in the dream and ensure that it's a memorable experience outside of the hospital environment.
On average, we fulfill approximately 30 dreams in a given year, though we have been making more and more dreams come true in recent years. In 2017, we fulfilled a record number of 32 dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling a life-threatening illness. We expect 2018 to be our busiest year yet!
The average cost of a dream is over $10,000.00 CAD, a cost that continues to increase with rising travel costs, a challenging U.S. dollar, and dreamers that keep getting more creative!
The Dream Factory does not solicit dream kids, so all children are referred to the organization. Anyone can refer a child including a family member, physician or another member of the medical community, a friend, or even a teacher. The child’s parents/guardians must be aware of the referral. If you know of a child who may qualify for our program, please fill out the online referral form here.
Dream family Funds
In working with the medical community, we learned that despite families being excited to have a dream come true, many of our Dream Families were struggling with the financial strain that comes along with having a sick child. Increased medical bills, hospital parking, and time needed off of work are all factors that play a big role for families taking care of a child with a life-threatening illness.
To help our families, The Dream Factory established the Dream Family Fund, which provides our families with additional financial assistance. These funds may be used for anything the family needs, be it hospital meals, groceries, bills, etc. This is our small way of reminding families that they are part of The Dream Factory family and have an upcoming Dream to look forward to - despite how difficult things may be right now.