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January 16th, 2009
03:15 PM ET

Anything helps, even if you're broke

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/LIVING/01/15/cancer.wedding/art.smiles.cnn.jpg caption="Jessica Keenan, 34, is getting married January 24, thanks to the Dream Foundation."]

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

You may not be stone cold broke, but you are watching your money. You want to help terminally ill adults, but how are you going to do it without writing a hand-cramping check?

Check out Dream Foundation - your donated frequent flier miles, hotel points or corporate connections can ease the pain of dying adults and their families.

Help send Ed and his wife off to Florida. Bone cancer is expected to kill the 41-year-old Missouri man in six months or less. They could use a hotel room.

There are plenty of wishes to grant on the Dream Foundation website.

A Quincieniera celebration for a daughter who sticks by her dying mother.

A woman who is a Lakers fan and just wants to go to one game before she joins late great announcer Chick Hearn in heaven.

Maybe you know companies that would love to help.

I showed up at a Beverly Hills boutique, Monique Llhuillier, which went all-out for a brave young woman.

What a funny scene: there I am under-dressed alpha male CNN producer with a gaggle of bridesmaids watching their girl try on wedding dresses in this upscale store.

Really cool to see how Dream Foundation hooked up Jessica, a stage four breast cancer patient, with an awesome wedding.

Hey, even a 25 dollar check helps out.

Multiply that times four other people donating the same amount and you have a good start on the snacks for the Quincieniera.

Know any cool D.J.s in So Cal?

Anything helps.

Editor’s Note: Read Paul’s story on how the Dream Foundation helped a breast cancer patient plan her wedding.


Filed under: Health Care • Paul Vercammen
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    How cool is this? As a volunteer for Make-a Wish, I am so glad there are other organizations who help adults who are suffering and broke.
    We are all only here for a short while so why not make a difference in someone's life?
    I love to see the smile of a child with a life threatening illness when they know their wish will be granted.
    I'd walk a mile to see an ill person smile. Any day, all day.
    Thank you!
    XOXO

    January 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  2. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Thanks for this connection, yes, so many miles set to expire, now they can be put to good use!

    January 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm |