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FRIDAY FOCUS - Dawkins Dreams

Insurance is great but it doesn’t cover the daily expenses such as food, parking, gas to and from hospitals, childcare, leave from work and more that occurs when you have an ill child. Dawkins Dreams was created to help raise money for families of ill children with expenses that are not covered by health insurance. Clare Briscoe-Cruppernink founded Dawkins Dreams after experiencing this first-hand when her son was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as a myxoid mesenchymal tumor. After discovering financial assistance is needed by many other families while their child is undergoing treatments for different illnesses, Clare dedicated her time to providing for these families. Help Dawkins Dreams raise money for more families with their upcoming fundraiser Color Blast 5k and Festival on June 2. Learn more about Dawkins Dreams in this week’s Friday Focus!
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
We are a local nonprofit that helps families of sick children cover costs related to treatments that insurance does not. We give families prepaid debit cards to help pay for things such as gas to and from treatment, parking, food for the caregiver(s) while at treatment, babysitting for other children, first aid supplies while at home, etc. We have each family fill out a questionnaire monthly to determine their needs. We do not ask any economic or financial questions of our families. At Dawkins Dreams we believe that no family should be worrying about finances while their child is suffering, we strive to help families focus on healing.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
One of my favorite moments was to receive a beautiful picture colored by one of our children as a thank you. When I got that in the mail, it literally brought tears to my eyes, that what we do could cause that much impact on the child not just the parents. I have saved it and as soon as I get “office space” (I am currently running things from my kitchen counter), it will be the first piece of art that goes up!
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge has been getting our name and mission out there to raise more funds to be able to help more families. We are very small with me running day to day operations and a board of only six. I have three small children (one of whom had cancer as a baby, which is what spurred my husband and I to start this organization) and another on the way so being able to get out to visit various local businesses for fundraising, as well as attend different nonprofit organizations and classes, is very difficult.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
This Saturday, June 2, we are having our 3rd Annual Color Blast 5K and Festival. This is our big fundraiser for the year! We have made it bigger than ever, adding a Kid Dash with even more color, a moon bounce, a carnival ride and small concessions. Everything is included with registration! The festivities run 9am - 12pm. This year, our race falls on the same weekend as National Cancer Survivors Day, so it is an extra special time to celebrate with our families!
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
One way the community can get involved is to come out to The Calverton School THIS Saturday for a Colorful Blast of Fun while supporting families with sick children in our community!  People can also get involved by visiting our website, www.dawkinsdreams.com, and donating. They can also follow us on Facebook and be sure to attend our various events.  

Another way the community can get involved is to nominate families for assistance. Being as small and new as we are, we rely on word of mouth to find our families.