The Reach For A Dream Foundation
managed by S. Gutstadt
For 20 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children. These children between the ages of 3 and 18 years have used their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and leukaemia, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy, kidney failure and Blood disorders.
There are countless children and their families in South Africa who are strained emotionally, physically and financially by these life-threatening illnesses. Very little is being done for them. Reach For A Dream seeks to alleviate the strain that a life-threatening illness takes on these children and their families by providing the children with the opportunity to realise their dream. Reach For A Dream enriches children's lives by making dreams come true and as a result, distracting them from the needles, medication and hospital environment. These young children are under extreme pressure to deal with these medical issues and are in desperate need of our encouragement.
In addition, Reach For A Dream offers the child a magical moment to regain their childhood that is being lost to an illness.
We discovered an interesting fact about life-threatening illnesses: a larger percentage of children survive than adults do. We believe that one reason is that children simply have not learnt what life-threatening means; they live each day as it is given to them. For our special children attitude is everything, and they need all the encouragement they can get. Whatever the dream, it often gives the child hope and courage to carry on the fight.