Dreams Come True

23 Mar

Joy comes to dreamers in many forms: Swimming with dolphins, shopping trips, meeting celebrities, catching blue marlins or seeing the volcanoes in Hawaii. Having a dream fulfilled gives a child a sense of hope and creates memories of a lifetime for the child and family.

The Story of Dreams Come True


In 1984, the late Thomas R. McGehee, Chairman of Mac Papers, and his wife, Delia, met a 17-year-old boy who had cystic fibrosis. This young man, George Lee, loved golf. When McGehee learned this, he arranged for George to be paired with Fred Couples and play in the Pro-Am of the TPC. Following an exciting round of play, Couples gave the young man his driver. A year later, George lost his battle with cystic fibrosis. His prized club was buried at his side.


That was the beginning of Dreams Come True. McGehee partnered with business leaders Hugh Jones, Chairman of then-Barnett Bank; Jay Stein and Jack Williams of Stein Mart; and the late Roy Baker, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors of University Medical Center. These gentlemen, with the help of McGehee’s godson, Dr. Paul Wharton, put their heads together to develop Dreams Come True, a  nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses. Dreams Come True applies all contributions, unless otherwise designated, directly to the dreams of children. This is made possible by the support of Program Sponsors, Program Contributors and donors who make unrestricted donations. Unrestricted donations are used for administrative costs or dream expenses, as deemed necessary.


Since 1984, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of more than 2,700 children come true. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. A dream temporarily removes the child from doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and needles and brings laughter, joy and childhood to the forefront. Dreams give the children and their families memories to carry them through the rough times and smiles to last a lifetime. Dreams bring hope and the promise of tomorrow.


Through your generosity, Dreams Come True is able to fulfill dreams without any subsidies from state or federal agencies.  Dreams Come True does not solicit contributions by telephone and it is against our policy to telemarket.  

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