Wish Facts

 

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Wishes

If you could wish for anything, what would it be?
 
That one question is an invitation to unleash limitless imagination. To envision the impossible as possible. To dream. 
 
We believe wishes improve the odds for wish children fighting critical illnesses. It’s why we do what we do. Sure, wishes are amazing and fun. More than that, they inspire and have the power to change lives. Wishes help children look past their limitations, families overcome anxiety and entire communities experience joy.
 
Most importantly, wishes can improve a child’s quality of life, giving them a better chance of recovering. 
 
Wishes are the driving force behind all we do because, put simply, wish experiences transform lives.

Wish Journey

A wish is not a fleeting gift – it’s a carefully planned journey, designed to complement a child’s medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness.
 
The whole Wish Journey – from wish capture to building anticipation to lasting memories – aids physical and emotional healing by building strong positive experiences through the application of principles of positive psychology. This way, the Wish Journey builds resilience and helps children to better cope with their critical illness.
 
A wish-come-true empowers and transforms the lives of anyone who plays a part. It allows everyone involved, whether family members, volunteers, sponsors or extended communities, to experience true happiness. It gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together, and
unites communities throughout the Wish Journey – not just at the point of wish realization.

Wish Capture

Wish Design

Wish Anticipation

Wish Realization

Wish Effect

Make-A-Wish volunteers visit the child to uncover what the child’s most cherished wish is.

 

Every child’s imagination is unique, so we design each journey to create an extraordinary experience that stays true to the child’s cherished wish.This can be as powerful as the wish itself. It builds the excitement and it empowers the child by actively involving them in the creation of their wish.

Fulfilling a wish beyond a child’s wildest imagination.

 

 

The positive impact of a wish lasts long after the wish is granted and spreads to everyone involved in the Wish Journey.


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.

 

Join our Holiday Appeal - No Child Without A Wish!

Every year, thousands of children battle a critical illness without the strength and hope a wish brings. 

 Together, we can change that.

Visit our Holiday Hub or click here to become a member

Help us transform the lives of children with criticall illnesses