Dreams do come true

By Beau Ebenezer

December 2, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- When 11-year-old Alex Munson heard his name called, he couldn't help but smile.

It's finally his turn to have his dream come true at the annual Christmas party.

"It's hard to believe that there are people out there that will do this work and they donate to special kids. It's just absolutely amazing," said Alex's mother, Terri Munson.

At ten days old, Alex was diagnosed with cerebral palsey and just a few years ago, he was diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

But thanks to the Dream Factory, life has become a little easier for Alex.

"It's just the look on their face. Some of them will be like. 'what?' And others will be like, 'yes!' Last year, we rented a dream to Disney and this year, the little gentleman is getting his iPad," said Dream Factory Coordinator and President Cheryl Jackson.

The Dream Factory has been making children's dreams come true for nearly 30 years, each year bringing back a group of volunteers who were former dream children themselves.

"It made me feel like I had a reason to live, actually, because when I was that young and found out such devastating news, it was a reason that brought me back up," said first ever "Dream Child", Jennifer Knight.

Knight was born with congenital heart blockage and received a trip to Disney World with her family when she was a child.

Now, 30 years later, Jennifer cannot help but feel for Alex Munson.

"It brought tears to my eyes to be quite honest. It's very exciting," said Knight.

Alex was the seventh kid this year to have his dream come true, with others still on the waiting list.

The Dream Factory's goal is to make about ten dreams come true per year.

Alex joins the many who have been deeply impacted by the generosity of the Dream Factory's volunteers.

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