Karen Herbert, Dream Maker - Dreams2Live4

Karen Herbert, Dream Maker

Cancer touches all of us. Losing a great school friend at the age of 20 was devastating. She was so young with so much life to live. I then lost my Dad to cancer which left a huge void in my life and my heart. I watched as my two close friends recently lost their battles. But throughout this process they were completely selfless and were very focused on the impact that their illness was having on their families with little consideration of themselves. This was very difficult for me as I just wanted to fix them and make it all go away… of course this was not possible. So, I focused on what I could do to make things easier for them and just letting them know that I was there for anything they wanted or needed.

Losing family and friends to cancer has made me realise that life is short and that we need to enjoy life by living it to the full. When I read about Dreams2Live4 and witnessed the Dreamer's stories I knew that I wanted to be part of it. Of course, there is sadness in their stories but there is also strength, love and passion. As adults when we are sick and there are so many costs involved in treatment that the idea of doing something for ourselves is completely out of the question and our dreams are no longer a priority. I cannot think of a better way to give back to the community than bringing happiness to people whilst they are at their most vulnerable.

Being a Dream Maker is a very emotional role as people are so very touched by the fact that someone they don’t know is offering to do something so fantastic for them. I feel very privileged that I am able to bring them the opportunity of a Dream. We all have different dreams and what inspires me the most is the joy that each dream brings. Dreams2Live4 not only allows us but encourages us to dream. And we can all take a lesson from that.

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