Dream On 3 Expands To Washington, D.C.

First Dream Features Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky

(Washington, D.C.)Dream On 3, a dream-granting organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today an expansion of its programming network to the Greater Washington, D.C. area. This expansion is part of the organization’s 10-year strategic plan to meet the growing demand for its VIP Dream Experiences in 10 major cities across the United States. The Dream On 3 D.C. Chapter will mark the organization’s third location, now serving children with life-altering medical conditions in five states.

“The Greater Washington, D.C. community has a long-standing reputation for philanthropy and innovation in the arena of social responsibility,” says Brandon Lindsey, Co-Founder & CEO of Dream On 3. “This area is home to some of the best pediatric research groups and service providers in the country.  Combined with the strong service cultures of the sports community, the business community and education partners, this location is a perfect fit for our strategic growth initiative, and we’re humbled by this opportunity to grant even more dreams.”

The first Dream Experience will take place at Georgetown Preparatory School for two young Katie Ledecky fans. The recipients will have time with the Olympian before attending one of her practices.

Julia Volz, an 18-year-old from Harrisburg, NC was diagnosed with venous thrombosis (a severe brain injury) after suffering a rare stroke in her senior year of high school. “Julia’s condition has put a halt on her independence and ability to execute daily life skills. However, despite the challenges she faces, we are inspired by Julia’s diligence and tenacity and how hard she works,” says Kristin Volz, her mom. Volz, also a swimmer, has always admired Ledecky for her work ethic and ability to achieve goals that no doubt require a perseverance of its own. “Swimming has been an integral part of Julia’s life for 11 years & has been monumental in her mental, physical, & emotional recovery. Dream on 3 has granted Julia the gift of tying a tangible source of healing & happiness to an inspiring athlete. As a family, we are humbled & excited how swimming has come full circle with an unimaginable reward,” said Kristin.

Harper Scott, an 18-year-old from Kennesaw, GA lives with autism and was selected by fellow students at her high school to be the recipient of a Dream Experience. Scott is an outstanding swimmer, who competes for the school team and year-round team as well. She hopes to talk strategy with Ledecky and gain a few pointers on technique and fighting for one’s dreams, even when things get tough.

Dream On 3, DC will partner with local healthcare providers to identify children that meet program eligibility requirements and are in need of assistance in living out their sports dreams.

Julia Voltz, 19-years old

Condition: Venous Thrombosis (brain injury)

Harper Scott, 18-years old

Condition: Autism & Severe Anxiety

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ABOUT DREAM ON 3

Dream On 3 (DO3) is a nonprofit organization that brings dreams to life by creating customized, personal experiences with a favorite athlete, sporting event, or sports team. The organization serves those ages 5-21 who are living with chronic illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions. Their unique programming model is designed to infuse faith, hope, love and joy into the lives of their recipients.

DO3 has received overwhelming support from the healthcare community, collegiate and professional sports communities and other national organizations for their attention to this population of children with special needs.

For more information about Dream On 3 or the Washington, D.C. expansion, contact Danielle Honeycutt, Director of Marketing, at danielle@dreamon3.org.