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    Priscilla Wong, 22, reads from her bed as her mom, Lisa Gutierrez sits with her turning the pages of her book, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Priscilla was born with nemaline rod myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy and has no use of her arms or legs. She is an avid reader and recently graduated from UC Davis. Wong's family is asking Book of Dreams Readers for an automatic page turner. She frequently reads in bed at night and currently requires a family member or an attendant to turn her pages.

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    Susan Whitaker, left, a yoga instructor with Wellness Within leads a class in yoga as Suzi Rupp, right, follows along, Wednesday, November 5, 2013. Wellness Within is a mind-body wellness center for cancer patients and they're asking Book of Dreams readers supplies for a photography class, drums for meditative sessions, and food for nutrition classes.

  • Lezlie Sterling /

    Regina Hatchett, left, lays down a blanket to put her 2-month-old baby, Deonte Texada Jr., to bed on mattresses set up on the floor in a meeting room inside midtown’s Trinity Cathedral, Nov 18, 2013, one one of the churches that provide shelter in the Family Promise of Sacramento program. Family Promise is asking Book of Dreams readers for 14 new rollaway beds and bedding.


Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Sometimes the needs are simple and basic, such as a bed for a child or parent. Sometimes they are more specialized, like the request for an electronic “page turner” that would allow Priscilla Wong to read a book by herself despite her physical limitations.

Whatever the need, The Sacramento Bee’s annual Book of Dreams allows all of you to help those in need in our community during this holiday season. Last year the Book of Dreams raised more than $192,000, allowing us to fund every dream published, along with 25 additional wishes submitted during the year.

This year, Family Promise wishes it could buy 14 rollaway beds and bedding to transport among churches committed to providing housing and support to homeless families so parents and children can stay together. Wellness Within, which supports cancer patients and their families, wishes for funding to buy healthy food and supplies for its art, writing, meditation and other programs.

For more than a quarter-century our readers have generously supported such programs. This season we hope to top last year’s achievement, funding all dreams and 26 more community wishes. As always, all funds will be donated and The Bee will absorb administrative costs.

Look for our stories now through Christmas. And, once again, thank you for your continued openhearted support.

– Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor

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