A new partnership is making local children's dreams become reality

By Maisie Insko | 

Richard Crowe says it was one very special little boy who inspired this whole idea.

"My grandson, Ashton Whitaker, passed away at the age of seven from a rare disease and Ashton never got to take a trip like this."

Crowe then shared his thoughts with the Lexington Dream Factory.

"We've been around since 1987 and we have granted over 700 dreams, 75% of that fell in the eastern Kentucky region." says Jamie Clarke with The Lexington Dream Factory.

Finally with the help of Blue Diamond Coal the ideas quickly became a reality.

"The guys and gals at Blue Diamond are doing a fundraiser. United Way will then match the money creating a trip for a sick kid in Perry County." Crowe says.

In turn, Dream Factory will match what United Way and Blue Diamond make, to help another terminally ill child in one of the surrounding counties; making dreams come true for two kids each year.

"The average cost of a dream is $3,300." says Crowe.

No matter the dream, the organizations make sure the children are treated like royalty.

"And it could start today." Crowe adds.

So if you know a terminally ill child with a dream sign them up at www.lexingtondreamfactory.org.

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