Ames, age 15, was packed and ready to go to Orlando in March of 2020, when all of a sudden, the world changed. Ames was our first Dreamer whose Dream was affected by the pandemic. While he was, of course, disappointed, his mother said, ‘Honestly, I think it was a blessing in disguise. He is 15 now (rather than 13) and will have such vivid memories now. It was truly a dream!”
In order to bring Ames some much-needed joy after the disappointment of a postponed Dream, our friends at We Promise Foundation coordinated an extraordinary drive-by parade, complete with ODU cheerleaders, friends, family, and community alike.
Fast forward to November of 2021, and Ames finally received his Dream. Ames has loved Star Wars since the age of five and read through the Harry Potter series by age seven. His mother said she was so thankful he chose to go to the Orlando parks so he could experience the magic of the things he enjoyed so much during childhood.
At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, he drank SO much Butter Beer and rode all of the rides. ‘It was just so magical,’ his mother said. She went on to say that they treated him like absolute gold when he was there. ‘Universal takes the cake! Their Dream Kids are like the President — you don’t have to wait for anything!’ She added, “I am going to get choked up, but the most amazing part — it’s just amazing — he was just treated so well!