Ashleigh is our Dream Maker based in Victoria.
We can all say that cancer has touched us in some way. For me, it was watching someone very close to me fade away, to lose everything that made them, them.
Dreams2live4 gives people the chance to feel empowered, to really feel like themselves again.
Nursing on an acute ward for four 4 years has meant I get to care for many cancer patients. The focus in that environment is mostly on the person's illness. Dreams2live4 allows us to look beyond the illness and focus on what matters to them, what makes them happy.
"Give a little, get a lot." We've all heard of this right? Well, being a Dream Maker means I get to experience it. It's incredible to see how something that you might consider as small, can have the biggest impact on someone's life. A hot air balloon ride may change someone's outlook, a couple's photo shoot might instill strength, a trip away with the family may reignite that spark that makes them feel like their old self.
Being a Dream Maker means I get to experience the joy of a Dreamer; I get to see the happiness on their loved ones faces; I get to witness the kindness and selflessness of strangers. I get to help people dream. How amazing is that?