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Nonprofit granting wishes for hospice patients seeks support in Las Vegas

by Jeff Mosier
Publication: Las Vegas Review-Journal

August 14, 2012


Think of it as the Make-A-Wish Foundation for hospice patients.

Caitlin Crommett's nonprofit organization DreamCatchers connects high school and college students with senior citizens who are expected to die within six months. The organization then does its best to fulfill a final wish or dream for those hospice patients.

Dreams are granted by the students and are typically on a small scale. They may include a great meal from a favorite restaurant, seeing a relative or experiencing a hobby once more.

"We're trying to give people a happy ending," said Crommett, the group's founder and a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. "That's the goal, and it's just the best thing. I think once people have granted one dream, they'll want to do more."

Crommett and fellow Notre Dame student Katie McElligott were in Las Vegas in July to recruit schools and hospices to join their cause. It was the last stop on a trip that included Raleigh, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Phoenix.

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