Meet Dream Kid BJ!

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With the help of the Charlotte Touchdown Club, Dream Kid BJ Correll was able to receive signed memorabilia and meet Doug Flutie earlier this year!

“BJ was extremely excited to attend the Charlotte Touchdown Club luncheon and meet football legend, Doug Flutie. DreamOn3’s Brandon and Elizabeth were very kind and were completely interested in making that afternoon extra-special for BJ. As Brandon learned more about BJ, he realized BJ was also an avid Carolina Tarheels fan. At the end of the afternoon, he presented BJ with a framed Tarheels print which he will treasure for years to come. The day’s experience brought the biggest eye-sparkling smile to my son’s face. The afternoon couldn’t have gone better, and it was a wonderful, unforgettable experience that lifted BJ’s spirits during a particularly rough treatment phase. Hats off to the DreamOn3 organization, and their focus on making dreams come true for children in our area with life-changing conditions.”

                                          -Michelle Correll, BJ’s mother

In the fall of 2012, 12 year old BJ Correll was playing football for Boger City Optimist Club in Denver, NC. His mother noticed that after practice and athletic conditioning training, BJ seemed to struggle much harder to recover than most of the other kids. His mother talked to coaches and teachers to find out what they were seeing and what may be going on. In September of 2012, BJ’s mother decided that it was time to visit the hospital. After several tests and blood work, the doctor informed Michelle and BJ that he was battling leukemia.

BJ began a series of treatments at Levine Children’s Hospital. His best friend has been by his side through this process and hangs out with BJ on days when the treatments take their toll on him. BJ does not view himself as a victim, but instead has chosen to fight this disease with a positive attitude and all of his strength.

“God saves His toughest battles for His strongest solders.”

BJ is now doing much better! His is back to playing football and has his hair back. Go BJ! 

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Dream Mojo

Dream Mojo

I love my job. But on Dream Days in particular, I truly feel like I have the best job in the world! Ever since I watched my first episode of Extreme Home Makeover, my dream job has been to be Ty Pennington and get to say “welcome home ___ family, welcome home.” On Dream Days, I get to be Ty! Dream Day is the culmination of months of preparation, planning, and unfortunately a little bit of stress. The goal is to gift our Dreams Kids and their families with an unforgettable experience, without them having to worry about a thing. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn’t. However, the one thing that we can count on every time is something that we at Dream On 3 refer to as…Dream Mojo.

Dream Mojo is just our fun way of referring to God’s blessings on Dream Day. It can show up in the form of an unexpected interaction with a celebrity, an unplanned upgrade at the airport or hotel, or a priceless reaction from one of our Dream Kids caught on camera. For me, this is the most exciting thing about Dream Day. We get to see how He is going to apply His signature on His artwork.

We’re on the plane heading home from New York, exhausted from the whirlwind tour the day before. My body says “SLEEP” but I don’t want to risk forgetting yesterday’s Mojo. It started at 5:30am. I can still see Zebulon and Zasheed’s reactions when their child life specialists exploded out of a stretch limo carrying behind them a red carpet! DO3 can schedule it, but we can’t manufacture a moment like that!

The most unbelievable Mojo moment was when I stepped up to the ticket counter to print our boarding passes only to learn that our entire group was sitting together….in first class! “WHAT!” As much as I would love to say that we had something to do with that, we didn’t.

Imagine if your first time in an airplane was in first class! I’m stretched out in an oversized seat answering questions like…“what’s going on with my ears? What do you mean they’re going to pop? Are those clouds or a blanket of cotton? Is all of this food free?” I just smiled and knew that He had done it again.

The entire day was full of little moments like these. When we pulled up to the MLB Fan Cave, Tonique told me that we had left Zebulon’s diapers at the hotel. As we were debating fighting NY city traffic and heading back, we looked across the street and saw a Pharmacy that just happened to carry his size diapers. Everywhere we went the boys were showered with gifts and autographed memoribilia! It was like Christmas morning. We experienced this all day long, but funniest story came at dinner time.

Prior to the trip, Elizabeth had called and asked “what kind of food do the boys like to eat?” You can imagine our surprise to learn that their favorite foods were “steak, lobster tails, and shrimp.” Secretly, our budget more closely resembled a menu of hot dogs, pizza, and Lucky Charms. Elizabeth replied, “well, we’ll see what we can do.” I remember replying to her in the most respectful manner, “ARE YOU CRAZY? That was not the right response!” So what happened? After our time on the field, the entire McNeal family was invited to dine in The Legends Club at Yankee Stadium. They were told that in the Legends Club it is “all you can eat and drink.” And on the menu for the evening….you guessed it! “Please help yourself to all the steak, lobster tail, and shrimp you can eat” said the representative from the Yankees. Now how’s that for some serious MOJO!

Over the last 36 hours, the McNeal family has thanked us no less than a billion times.

It warms our hearts to know that this gift was received as it was intended and will be a day that they will never forget. However, as is always the case…the true blessings fell on those of us that got to play a small role in making these dreams come true!

Dream Kid Zasheed takes in his Dream

Dream Kid Zasheed takes in his Dream

Welcome home McNeal family, welcome home.

– Brandon Lindsey, Founder of Dream On 3

Our May Newsletter- Announcing Our 1st Dream Kid!

Take a look at our May 2013 newsletter!

Featuring the announcement of Nicholas, our first ever Dream Kid! 

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Founder Brandon Lindsey also focuses on the WHY behind the creation of Dream On 3! 

“As we become adults we become bruised, broken, and calloused by the harsh realities of this world. Dream On 3’s mission is to protect the dreams of these special children… as long as we can!! “

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Check out our website for more details!

http://www.DreamOn3.org

A Jerry Maguire Moment

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DO3 Founder Brandon Lindsey takes you back to the very moment his ideas for DO3 came together in what he calls his “Jerry Maguire moment”.

Its amazing to see the strides that DO3 has taken in less than a year!

“We all have moments in our life that we can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when a specific event occurred. For some of you it may have been the invention of the wheel…and for others it may be the release of the 5th generation iPhone. Now I will admit that my memory is not as good as it used to be, however there are still a handful of moments that I can replay in my mind as if they had happened this morning. I can remember exactly where I was when the Challenger exploded just after takeoff. I can remember the intersection we were driving through when the radio station broke in with the news of Conway Twitty’s death (don’t know why this one stuck other than it made Mom cry). All of us will remember the horrific events of 9/11 and exactly where we were when that second plane hit the tower. For me, November 20, 2012, will forever be etched into my mind (and backed up on my iPad just in case) as the day that Dream On 3 became more than just a good idea.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…Go!” (Luke 10:2-3).

I refer to this moment as my Jerry Maguire moment. Everything stopped in that moment, and for the first time in a very long time…God got my attention. I remember calling my best friend and love of my life as soon as I got in my car and saying

“Lizzie, we need to remember this day.”

And we began fumbling through pieces of what has now become the vision and mission of this organization. Then the fun began! See, I’m a sales guy. I’m used to coming up with an idea and selling it to everyone else. This time things were different! In every conversation I had and every meeting that took place, He showed me that this had nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him. Support has been pouring in already! People have been eager to sacrifice time, money, and their skills to make DO3 happen. The crazy part is…all of this is happening and I haven’t even had a chance to give my sales pitch yet! I learned quickly that my role was not to sell this…it was simply to “Go!”

– Brandon Lindsey, Dream On 3 Founder