Wish Facts

Types of Wishes

While most wish requests fall into four major categories, the possibilities are endless because wish kids are so creative and inspired by the chance to have a wish experience:


I wish to go …


I wish to be …


I wish to meet …


I wish to have …

 Some wish kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to  go on a cruise, see snow for the first time or attend a sporting event or concert. Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish "to be" for a day –  such as a fireman, a police officer, a princess or a superhero. Many wish kids choose to meet their favorite athlete, recording artist, television personality, movie star, politician or other public figure. Children sometimes wish for a special gift, such as a computer, a tree house, a shopping spree, sensory room or something they have wanted for a long time. 

Qualifying for a Wish

Make-A-Wish accepts referrals for potential wish children from:

Parents/Guardians of ChildMedical ProfessionalsThe Children Themselves

A child's treating physician will determine if the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by Make-A-Wish.

Children who are at least 3 years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday, may be referred to Make-A-Wish International. Make-A-Wish International takes into consideration all factors as they relate to the wish and the wish child, and then plans the wish accordingly.

Each Make-A-Wish affiliate follows specific policies and guidelines for granting a child’s wish. Some wishes have restrictions based on various factors, including the child’s medical condition in relation to the wish request. 

Please select your local affiliate from below to contact them directly regarding wish referrals:

Make-A-Wish International grants wishes to children who qualify for our services without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, economic status, or national origin.

Make-A-Wish respects the privacy of the children and families it serves. We consider all wish child information confidential and will not discuss the information with outside parties unless it is needed for the wish, and the parents or guardians have consented. Please review our Privacy Policy for more details.