March 4, 2024

Local Attleboro Special Needs Child Receives Dream Come True


Attleboro, MA – September 19, 2022: Daniel DaSilva was recently granted a dream from the Sunshine Foundation for a trip to Jellystone. Sunshine Foundation answers dreams to children with life-long chronic illnesses and conditions such as: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, severe low functioning autism, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, severe epilepsy, Sickle Cell Disease, blindness, deafness, and many others. Daniel lives with the challenges of having low functioning autism.

Sunshine Foundation provides a Dream Come True for children that may not qualify for other wish-granting organizations that require a life-threatening or critical diagnosis. Sunshine Foundation relies on the generosity of donations from individuals and corporations to make these dreams a reality.
Sunshine Foundation was able to answer Daniel’s “dream come true” through generous donors, and his crowdfunding page on 

“Thank you to all that made Daniel’s trip possible. It was so much more than just a trip- there are not enough words to express what this meant to my family. We are so grateful that we got the opportunity to go to Jellystone. Daniel had the most amazing time. He got to jump on the big jumping pillow, play in the huge pool, swim in the lake, and take tons of trips on the golf cart we rented to get around the campground. Saturday night Daniel requested to go on a late-night golf trip, so we took him around the entire campground for about an hour. It was one of the many highlights of our trip. The day we left; Daniel kept putting my suitcase back in the bedroom. Each time I tried to put it on the porch to leave, he would put it back. :( It is safe to say, he did not want to leave. Both kids had very long faces the day we left, which broke my heart. I wish we never had to leave, that is how fun it was! We are hoping we can go back sometime! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone at the Sunshine Foundation that made this trip possible for Daniel and the family. “– Daniel’s mom, Kelly

The most common dream is to visit Disney World, Legoland, SeaWorld and Universal Studios while staying at the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village near Disney. Sunshine Foundation also answers Special Dreams like shopping sprees, computers and iPads, meeting celebrities, above ground swimming pools, family trips, adaptive tricycles and other special needs equipment.

Sunshine Foundation is the original wish-granting organization in the United States, established in 1976, and continuously a top-rated charity expending over 80% of each dollar on programs benefitting children with severe special needs. Sunshine Foundation answers the dreams of children, ages three through eighteen, who have severe or profound physical/developmental/intellectual challenges or trauma from physical/sexual abuse, and whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause. Sunshine Foundation has spread Sunshine into the lives of more than 41,600 children throughout the United States.

Sunshine Foundation is a publicly funded charity, with donations from individuals throughout the country, corporate and family foundation grants, trusts and wills, fundraising events; including ones held on our behalf by all-volunteer chapters of the Sunshine Foundation, individual families, corporate and civic groups, and even former Dream recipient families “paying it forward”. For more information or to make a donation, please visit


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