Dec 8, 2013 11:55 PM by Kari Beal
It's what you expect to see around Christmas time. Children sitting on Santa's lap, joyfully asking for presents, but days like this are a game changer for these kids. They suffer from life-threatening illnesses and each day alive is a blessing.
"People don't realize what these families go through on a daily basis days and this is why we strive and are a strong advocate to include the families," said Executive Director of "Dreams Come True" of Louisiana Becky Prejean.
"Dreams Come True" in Louisiana helps children with terminal illnesses achieve any dream he or she may have. The UL Lafayette women's basketball team helped throw them a Christmas party in Earl K Long gym.
"Santa's here, we had face painting and balloon clowns and Santa gave gifts to all the dream kids," said Prejean.
Last year dreams come true granted 60 wishes to children and this year they've already exceeded that number the team started working with the organization two years ago in that time many of the student athletes have created everlasting connections with the children.
"It's a reminder on a Sunday morning when you think your day is really bad that you can call this special person, it just uplifts you it's something you can't describe," said the UL women's basketball coach Gary Brodhead.
Brodhead says this bond not only helps the children get through tough times, but it has taught the women's team how to deal with challenging situations.
For more information on donating and referring a child to "Dreams Come True" visit their website <http://www.dctofla.com/>