Wednesday, April 29, 2015

24-Hour and Marathon/Half events announced

The Dream Factory is pleased to announce that two running events will be held in 2015. The second annual 24-Hour Run for Dreams is Aug. 7-8 and Louisville's Dream Factory Marathon and Half is Oct. 4.

The 24-Hour Run For Dreams will be at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville, KY starting on Friday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. It will last until the following day at 8 p.m. There will also be two 12-hour options: Friday at 8 p.m. until Saturday at 8 a.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The course consist of a two-mile scenic loop of trails and grass. Our goal this year is to create a fun, festive atmosphere. Camping space is provided for all participants and family/friends.

Start of the 2013 Marathon/Half

The first annual Louisville's Dream Factory Marathon and Half was hosted in 2013. The event was canceled last year due to bridge construction in downtown Louisville, but will be back on in 2015! The new date is Sunday, Oct. 4, with both races starting at 8 a.m. The race starts/finishes at  American Turners off River Road. It's a fast, fast course and a Boston Qualifier.

More information about these two events, including registration details, to be announced soon. Please share with family/friends/runners to help spread the word!!! Email with any questions.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dream child: 'This is the best day of my life'

Nadia, a six-year-old girl from our North Carolina Chapter, recently went on her dream trip to Orlando, Florida, where she stayed at the Sunshine Foundation Village and visited the Walt Disney World theme parks, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. The following words were from her mother to the Dream Factory after the dream:

"Nadia enjoyed the entire trip. Each day was a new experience and dream come true. This trip was a lot of first things Nadia has ever experienced and done: flying in an airplane; coming to Florida; Walt Disney; SeaWorld; Universal Studios; Animal Kingdom; her wonderful spaceship moon (bed). Nadia enjoyed all. Each had their own unique experience."

"It is a wonderful experience and memory in her mind that she will never forget. We have a lot of wonderful pictures and most of all, great experience and family time that we all will cherish for years to come."

"It allowed her not to think about her illness or pain for periods of time. This trip and experience definitely allowed her to explore and see and do new things. This dream for Nadia was very special and dear to her heart. While at the amusement park, Nadia said, 'this is the best day of my life.'"

"This experience was definitely a blessing. Nadia has been through a lot in her six years of life. To see Nadia explore and do other things in her life, filled our hearts with joy and happiness. This experience allowed all of us to be less stressful and relax for a week of wonderful experiences and memories."

Congratulations to our North Carolina Chapter for creating another dream and we're so happy to hear Nadia had the time of her life. That's what it's all about!