Events Postponed - Winnipeg + Brandon

Dear Dream Maker,

In light of recent developments and social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19, we are terribly disappointed to announce that we are postponing Deadlifts for Dreams in both Winnipeg (March 28th, 2020) and Brandon (April 5th).

These events existed to make dreams come true for Apollo and Logan - and the Deadlifts for Dreams community absolutely showed up to make that possible. We cannot thank you enough. As of today's fundraising total, we are on track to have raised well over $25,000 - something that would never have been possible without you.

Please know that we fully intend to reschedule both of these events when it is advisable to do so, and are so looking forward to celebrating all of your hard work fundraising with two absolutely amazing meets in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact The Dream Factory office directly at (204) 989-4010 or email Andrew at

Thank you again for your support of The Dream Factory, and for believing in the power of a dream come true

With profound appreciation,

Dave Beakley, Quentin Derhak, and Andrew Kussy
Deadlifts for Dreams

Meet Apollo


Apollo is a vibrant, determined strong minded 3-year-old who is way too wise for all he has been through. He has an extreme love for anything super hero related, but he especially loves lady super heroes, his favourite being Wonder Woman. He also loves Disney Princesses, some of his all-time favorites being Moana and Elsa/Anna.

To learn that The Dream Factory is going to make Apollo’s dream come true to meet his favourite princesses and superheroes will put the ultimate smile on his face. It will allow him to enjoy just being a little guy with a big dream and forget all the needle pokes and yucky yum yum (that’s what we call his meds).

Meet Logan


Logan is currently 7 years old and lives in Neepawa, MB with his parents and 2 siblings. Logan was diagnosed in November 2017 with Non Hodgkins Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Logan has appointments 3-4 days a week, and it's expected that his chemo will continue for the next two and half years.

When thinking about his dream, Logan knew right away that he wanted to visit Disney World with his family to meet his absolute favourite character - Lightning McQueen. When he's feeling a little bit better, Logan will get to join "Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy" and have an absolute blast learning to become a champion racer.

Deadlifts for Dreams is BACK!

After raising over $24,000 in 2019 - Deadlifts for Dreams 2 will once again bring together some of Manitoba's strongest to raise funds for a little boy in our community who knows the true meaning of strength.

Deadlifts for Dreams 2 is the 2nd annual powerlifting meet, with events held at Midtown Barbell (349 Wardlaw) in Winnipeg and Anytime Fitness (3000 Victoria Ave) in Brandon, both in support of The Dream Factory.

On March 28th, 2020 (Winnipeg) and April 5th, 2020 (Brandon), lifters from all over Manitoba and North America will help lift the spirits of two families going through an incredibly difficult experience.

We invite you to join us - as a lifter, a sponsor, donor, or spectator. Together, we will make Apollo and Logan's dreams come true.

Note: Registration is for either the Winnipeg or Brandon event. If you would like to participate in both meets, please contact Andrew at The Dream Factory directly at


Event Details - Winnipeg

Date: Saturday, March 28th,2020
Location: Midtown Barbell (349 Wardlaw Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0L5)
Weigh-In Time: 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM at Midtown Barbell
Rules Meeting: 9:15 AM
Lifting Begins: 10:30 AM
Entry Deadline: March 1st via

Event Details - Brandon

Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Location: Anytime Fitness (3000 Victoria Ave, Brandon MB)
Weigh-In Time: 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM at Anytime Fitness
Rules Meeting: 9:15 AM
Lifting Begins: 10:30 AM
Entry Deadline: March 1st via



  • 1st Place Man
  • 1st Place Woman
  • Top Overall Fundraiser


  • Must have 1 piece suit or singlet (Winnipeg only), socks up to knees for deadlift.
  • Must have enclosed foot coverings for deadlift, no socks only


  • Max of 40 lifters for the event



Dave Beakley
Midtown Barbell
Ph: (204) 230-5046


Quentin Derhak
Ph: (204) 730-0039





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Become A Sponsor

Your company can become a sponsor of Deadlifts for Dreams in Winnipeg or in Brandon. Deadlifts for Dreams will bring together lifters from across Manitoba and North America for a friendly competition with one shared goal in mind: to make some very special dreams come true.

Your sponsorship will help reach our goal of bringing more dreams to life for kids in Manitoba battling life-threatning illnesses. Plus, you will be able to be a proud partner in one of Manitoba's most unique fundraising events.

As a sponsor, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on all event signage
  • Recognition on Deadlifts for Dreams Website
  • Logo placement on all competitor t-shirts
  • Social Media recognition by both Deadlifts for Dreams and The Dream Factory
  • Verbal acknowledgement at the event

To learn more or become a sponsor, please contact Andrew Kussy at The Dream Factory at

Winnipeg Sponsors

Midtown Barbell

Carla McLennan Realtor

Confusion Corner Drinks & Food

Fairmont Winnipeg

Indus Automation

Legacy Sport Medicine

M Builds

Performance Healthware

Rihal Digital Designs

Rihal Digital Designs

White Lion Athletics

Wiens Furniture and Appliances

WM Dyck & Sons

Brandon Sponsors

Accel Towing

Century 21 Westman Realty

Clarion Hotel & Suites Brandon

Compass Credit Union

Meighen Haddad LLP


Popeye's Supplements

Check Out Deadlifts for Dreams 2019!


The Dream Factory is a charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. We’re unique because we’re based in Manitoba – and all of the funds we raise stay in this province to help local children. Everything we do is focused on helping sick kids and their families.

The Dream Factory relies solely on the generous support of people and businesses. Since 1983, when we were founded as The Rainbow Society, we’ve created cherished memories for more than 700 families in Manitoba.

Our mandate simply requires that a potential Dream Kid should be under the age of 18 and able to communicate their dream. We include all immediate family members in the dream and ensure that it's a memorable experience outside of the hospital environment.

On average, we fulfill approximately 30 dreams in a given year, though we have been making more and more dreams come true in recent years. In 2018, we fulfilled a record number of 35 dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling a life-threatening illness. We expect 2019 to be our busiest year yet!

The average cost of a dream is over $10,000.00 CAD, a cost that continues to increase with rising travel costs, a challenging U.S. dollar, and dreamers that keep getting more creative!

We couldn't do what we do without the incredible support of our donors and volunteers. Thank you for helping us bring even more dreams to life in 2019!