When I started my internship at Dream On 3 I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Sure, I knew that I would be combining my love for children and sports all into one, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I would learn and how many special, deserving kids I would get to work with. In May of 2017, I began my internship and immediately started working to put together a Dream for a little girl named Ally Davis.
Ally Davis is a girl that doesn’t stand down from a competition. From softball and horseback riding to being a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, Ally has always been a tough girl when it came to sports. But, in 2016 Ally had to face a new competitor. Cancer. At a young age of 11, the now 13 year-old, found out she had to begin battling Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. This diagnosis came just one year after her father, Preston, found out he was cancer free from Hodgkins Lymphoma. The Davis family was preparing to battle for the second time.
Since Ally is a fan of martial arts, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when Ally told us “My Dream is to meet Chuck Norris.” We told her that we were going to be able to make her dream come true and the next time she saw us, it was go time! On September 23, 2016, a few months after we had met Ally, she completed her last treatment and became a survivor!! Now, it was time to celebrate her fight.
After a few months of planning the dream, it was finally time for Ally’s send-off! This was my first experience with a send-off and I quickly learned these send-offs are HUGE. VIP transportation, large guest lists, and VIP locations. We held the VIP send-off at Ryan and Krissie Newman’s Rescue Ranch in Statesville, NC. We told Ally that she was just going to be having a scavenger hunt with her friend Hannah. Ally, Hannah, and Ally’s family arrived to the ranch in style in a Hummer Limo from Platinum Limos. Once they stepped out of the limo, the scavenger hunt started. It took the group around the ranch to meet the animals and see the facility. What Ally didn’t know is that her closest family and friends were anxiously waiting at the end of the scavenger hunt to celebrate her!
When Ally reached the final clue, the garage door opened and revealed her party guests. Ally was speechless. Needless to say, I think we definitely surprised her! This is when Brandon Lindsay, our CEO, told Ally that they were catching a flight in the morning and heading to Las Vegas to meet the Grand Master himself, Chuck Norris. She will be attending Chuck Norris’ UFAF Conference this weekend.
This is only the beginning. Ally has no idea the surprises and plans we have in store for her while she is in Las Vegas. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it! Be sure to keep up with Ally and all of her adventures with Chuck Norris on our social media pages and website.
2017 Summer Intern