Monday, January 19, 2015
When a dream becomes a nightmare: Dream Foundation revokes dream trip for Vet who is also Registered Citizen
There are a number of organizations that make "dreams" for dying souls, the "Make a Wish Foundation" being the most famous. There is another, called the Dream Foundation, that does the same, and they apparently they started a program for dying veterans. The Dayton Daily News ran the story of one such vet, who asked for a trip to the Grand Canyon with his family. However, after the story aired, a few nosy Nellies called the Foundation and whined the vet was on the public registry, so the Dream Foundation took it back.
Dream trip revoked for sex offender with cancer
By Katherine Wright
A dream trip to the Grand Canyon has been revoked for a local terminally ill veteran after the dream-granting organization discovered that he was a convicted sex offender.
******* , 62, of Dayton, received a free vacation from the Dream Foundation, a national wish-granting organization for adults with life-threatening illnesses. ******* and his brother, ****, have terminal cancer. Their three siblings were to accompany them on the trip.
The foundation decided to revoke ******’s trip. ****** was convicted of two counts of ***** in Moraine in ****, according to court records.
“After we announced the trip, we received a series of phone calls from the Dayton community to ask us if we were aware that this person” was a sex offender, said Tristan Layton of the Dream Foundation. “We were not. It was a very, very difficult decision to make. But we listened to the feedback and respected the families of these victims, and we made the decision to revoke ****'s trip.”
The organization serves 2500 dreams a year from its small Santa Barbara, Calif., office. This is the first time something like this has happened in 20 years, Layton said.
*****’s brother, Roger, and the rest of the family can still take the trip, he said.
“We hope that the rest of the family take the trip. That is up to them,” he said.
The Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, which had partnered with the Dream Foundation to deliver the trip packet to the *****, had nothing to do with the decision, said Montgomery County spokeswoman Cathy Petersen.
A number of Registry Reformists emailed (or called, as I did) and they all received a canned, pre-written response. (right-click and select view picture in a separate tab to enlarge it)
The Dream Foundation is a fraud, and they should have their 501(c)3 status revoked.