Help grant a wish in 2022 with Make-A-Wish Netherlands

With the help of local partners across the Netherlands, Make-A-Wish fulfils the wishes of critically ill children. Granting a wish can play a part in the healing process of these children. A wish journey constructively impacts the attitude of critically ill children and helps them believe they can achieve anything in their lives. In this article, you will find out more about how Make-A-Wish functions.

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The importance of wish-granting

Children living with critical illnesses go through inconceivable hardships. Their families face challenges together with them. Most of us can not fathom their trials and tribulations. By helping to grant wishes to these children, we aim to introduce a new hope to the lives of the child and their loved ones. 

Once a child is diagnosed with a critical illness, they spend most of their days at the hospital. They spend significant time undergoing various tests for diagnosis or various surgeries. These children are often deprived of their childhood experiences as they spend most of these years at hospitals. We believe that when these kids are at the hospital and going through a tough time, they are in dire need of confidence and optimism.

The wish journey process at Make-A-Wish Netherlands


Make-A-Wish Netherlands grants the wishes of all needy children who are going through any critical illness. Numerous children across the Netherlands are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases.

These children and their families face a challenging time since they have to make frequent hospital trips or stay there for the duration of the child’s treatment. Granting the wish of these children gives them immense hope and strength to keep battling against the life-threatening disease.

Eligible wish children

The eligibility criteria for Make-A-Wish is that the child must be over the age of three and under the age of 18 to be eligible for the wish journey.

Before processing the wish, we request that the child’s attending physician run a few tests and determine their condition. This would help to decide whether the child is medically eligible to get their wish granted as per the criteria set by Make-A-Wish.


Give hope and donate today

We can only grant the wishes of these children due to the financial help we receive through donations. Whether the donation is large or small, it contributes greatly towards the wish-granting of critically ill children. Once you donate, you give these children hope and confidence and the ability to make more memories with their loved ones. Donate today!


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Why is wish granting through Make-A-Wish Netherlands important?

The impact of a granted wish through Make-A-Wish Netherlands is important to give children, who are living with critical illnesses. It lets these children know that there is someone who cares, and helps them look at things with a more positive attitude. A positive attitude can do wonders for those with critical illnesses.
The wishes granted by Make-A-Wish not only give hope to the children but also to their families. Make-A-Wish provides a reason for happiness and smiles to those who may feel stuck in the monotony and dullness of their life. It is important to give children with critical illnesses some strength by granting their wishes.

How does the wish journey process work at Make-A-Wish Netherlands?

A wish is granted to any eligible critically ill child that meets the previously set criteria. If a child is living with a critical illness, Make-A-Wish aims to give them hope so that they have the strength and the courage to go through the difficult times they often fight daily.
The dreariness of the constant hospital visits and waiting rooms can leave a child feeling unhappy and discouraged. A wish will help those that most desperately need it to cling to and look towards a brighter future.

Who is eligible to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish Netherlands?

Are you wondering if you or someone you know is eligible to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish? There is an age criterion that needs to be met. Critically ill children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible to receive a wish.
Along with that, there’s a medical illness related criteria as well. Once a request has been made, we contact the child’s physician and figure out if the child meets all the requirements. If the criteria are met, the child is eligible to have their wish granted.

How can I donate to Make-A-Wish Netherlands?

You can make someone’s wish come true with just a little financial help. By donating, without knowing, you may be giving someone the best gift they could ever ask for. If you’re trying to figure out how to donate to Make-A-Wish, we got you covered.
All you need to do is to go to the Make-A-Wish website, and find the donate option. By filling in your personal and financial information, you’ll be able to easily make a donation and give hope to a family that desperately needs it.

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle is Digital Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organization in 2022 after a previous mission in humanitarian healthcare. Sarah oversees new donor acquisitions and conversions through our digital channels. Additionally, Sarah manages the e-commerce side of the website, email marketing and strives to deliver a smooth donation process for all Make-A-Wish supporters.