Aurora man gets dream vacation to the Springs

Robert Hallom’s dream vacation to Colorado Springs wasn’t too far from his Aurora, Colo. home.

Living on a fixed income made traveling, even 68 miles south, out of his reach.

Then, he got sick. Hallom, 58, is terminally ill; stage four of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

But, he wanted to see the Garden of the Gods Park and the Flying W Ranch one more time. This week, Hallom, his wife Sheila and their grandson Zach Hughson, 13, are on his dream vacation in the Springs.

Hallom is the recipient of a dream vacation from the Dream Foundation, a small nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara, Calif. that grants wishes for adults with a life limiting illness and a life expectancy of one year or less.

The Dream Foundation receives hundreds of requests from across the country, said Barbara Allcock, Dream Foundation dream captain.

“We do our very best to grant dreams for those unable to create them on their own,” she said.

Hallom and his wife brought their children to Colorado Springs in the late 1980s. They have not been back since, he said. Hallom said he wanted to show Colorado Springs to his grandson, who has been helpful to him during his illness: “a real trooper,” Hallom said.

Their vacation includes stops at the Western Music Show and Ghost Town Museum. And, they will visit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and get a behind the scenes tour.

“He is so excited and so am I – I haven’t been to the zoo in many years,” Hallom said.

Vista Hospice Care helped Hallom apply for his vacation to the Dream Foundation, which was founded 15 years ago and has granted 10,000 wishes.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Hallom said. “We live on Social Security – we could never do this unless somebody helped us.”

His No. 1 goal in Colorado Springs is to “have a little fun,” he said.