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Corryton child receives dream come true

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Max Blake at the beach; image courtesy of the Sunshine Foundation


CORRYTON – Max Blake was recently granted a dream for a Trip to the Beach by the Sunshine Foundation, which answers dreams to children with life-long chronic conditions such as: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, severe profound autism, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, severe epilepsy, Sickle Cell Disease, blindness, deafness, and many others. Max is diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

Sunshine Foundation provides a Dream Come True for children that may be turned away from other wish-granting organizations that require a life-threatening or critical diagnosis. Sunshine Foundation relies on the generosity of donations from individuals and corporations to make these dreams a reality. Sunshine Foundation was able to answer Max’s “dream come true” through funds raised by a donation from Waste Gas Steel Fabrication.”

Max’s mom shared with us: “The trip was so very special for Max because he got to stay in an amazingly huge beach house with an elaborate shower -- he didn’t want to leave! He also got to go shark fishing for the day and loved every minute of it. Thank you so much for helping make his wish come true!”

The most common dream is to visit Disney World, Legoland, SeaWorld and Universal Studios while staying at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village near Disney. Sunshine Foundation also answers Special Dreams like shopping sprees, computers and iPads, meeting celebrities, above ground swimming pools, family trips, adaptive tricycles and other special needs equipment.

Rich Mergo, Director of Development says: “During this pandemic, we are answering non-travel related Special Dreams like Max’s, and will resume our Magical Dreams to central Florida as soon as it is safe for our families with children, that may have compromised immune systems, to travel.”

Sunshine Foundation is the original wish-granting organization in the United States, established in 1976, and continuously a top-rated charity expending over 80% of each dollar on programs benefitting children with severe special needs. Sunshine Foundation answers the dreams of children, ages three through eighteen, who have severe or profound physical/developmental/intellectual challenges or trauma from physical/sexual abuse, and whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation has spread Sunshine into the lives of more than 41,000 children throughout the United States.

Sunshine Foundation is a publicly funded charity, with donations from individuals throughout the country, corporate and family foundation grants, trusts and wills, fundraising events; including ones held on our behalf by all-volunteer chapters of the Sunshine Foundation, individual families, corporate and civic groups, and even former Dream recipient families “paying it forward”. For more information or to make a donation, please visit

Published October 13, 2020

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