There are a number of ways in which the Dream Chaser Foundation supports children and families – namely, by offering support to families and through our on-going projects. We have some very ambitious and exciting plans. We figure think big! and step by step we will achieve our goals. Below is a description of the Foundations key areas:
Bone Marrow Drive
Currently only one in three people searching the international data base will find a donor match. Your ancestry plays a big part in the likelihood of you finding a match. If you are of Maori, Pacific Island or any other ethnic minority your chance of finding a match are decreased due to a lower donation rate amongst these populations. This could be due to awareness and education about bone marrow and how many people are affected by bone marrow related diseases in New Zealand and cultural practices concerning the body may also be a factor.
We have had first hand experience with this, our son is of Maori ancestry, we searched the international database of which there is about 20 million donors and there was not one single match for Chace. Because he did not have any siblings (sometime siblings can be a match) he had to have a stem cell transplant using stem cells from an umbilical cord.
This is how we learned of the need for an increase in awareness about bone marrow and the rate of donation. We are committed to this issue and it is one of the Dream Chaser Foundations primary goals. More…
Ronald McDonald House Auckland
Ronald McDonald House Auckland is a registered charity with the simple and important mission of keeping families together and strong. When a family faces the weight of a child’s illness the best thing they can do is face it together so the House ensures that families are better placed to cope and help their children heal . They provide a number of wonderful support programmes for families from all over New Zealand who have a child with a serious illness.
The Dream Chaser Foundation has selected Ronald McDonald House Auckland to be one of the main beneficiaries of the charity. The House is situated within close proximity to the National Children’s Hospital and provides free accommodation for families who have a child admitted to hospital. RMH accommodated over 2000 families in 2011 alone!
Through our own experience we know that having an ill child can totally throw life’s routines and structures up in the air. To know that there is a service offering high quality accommodation helps to ease the financial and emotional strain substantially. Sadly, the amount of families that need to be catered for increases every year, so accommodation facilities are an on-going matter. To address this issue, RMHA constructed a new building to house more families. However construction of this building needs to be completed in stages and is reliant on donations and sponsorship. The Dream Chaser Foundation saw this as a fantastic opportunity to give back to an established charity whose services we used for about 7 months straight in 2011. They are a most deserving charity and we are very proud to be part of the Grafton Mews Capital Campaign. More…