Granting wishes to critically ill children

In the US alone, 1 out of every 300 kids will suffer from some form of cancer. This amount adds up to hundreds and thousands of kids worldwide. Critically ill children are those that have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. Cancer is one of the biggest critical conditions that make a child ill. The rate of survival of the child varies depending on the type of cancer and its severity.

Some children have a high rate, while some may not have a great chance of surviving. For this particular reason, many organizations all around the world try to fulfill the wishes of these seriously ill kids that are fighting for their lives at such a young age.


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What is the Make-A-Wish wish journey?

The wish journey is a carefully planned journey, designed to complement a child’s medical treatment. It is designed to give them hope, strength and joy that they need to fight their illness. These children are mostly stuck inside the four walls of a hospital. They may or may not survive, and Make-A-Wish programs help them live a big desire in their life.

The wish application is filled out for children aged between 3-17 years old with a critical illness and medical eligibility confirmed.

The wish can be small or large and may be a wish to go, a wish to be, a wish to have or a wish to meet. The options are endless, and all of this is possible thanks to the donations many individuals make all around the world for critically ill children.

The importance of granting wishes


Make-A-Wish International’s mission is to grant the wish of every eligible child around the world. The significance lies in the period before and after the wish. The child’s wish, no matter how big or small, brings them hope, strength and joy, and gives them a chance to be happy once again.

The wish journey enables a seriously ill child and their loved ones to create life lasting memories. This memory can support them in more difficult times that they might have to face.


How to apply for a wish

All you have to do is visit your local Make-A-Wish Affiliate’s website and fill out a wish application form. Once you have checked the eligibility criteria, submit the form. The wish eligibility form contains all the basic details that Make-A-Wish will need, along with something sent by your child’s medical professional. If eligible, the application will then be processed, and the Make-A-Wish team will get in touch with you to know more about your child and their wish.


Donate, and grant a wish

If you are interested in donating to a cause, please consider donating to Make-A-Wish International today and help grant life-changing wishes to critically ill children globally. Your donations are highly appreciated by not only Make-A-Wish, but also our wish kids and their families, who get to see a smile on their little one’s face.


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Who is eligible for a wish?

With the joint efforts of countless volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants thousands of wishes to children living with critical illnesses every year. Since the diagnosis of a critical illness is overburdening, Make-A-Wish considers its aim to provide hope to these children as well as their families.
It is a known fact that whenever a child is diagnosed with a critical illness, they’re often bound to spend a lot of their lives in the hospital seeking treatment. This can create an atmosphere of distress and fear. Whenever a wish is granted, the wish kid and their family get the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

How does the Make-A-Wish journey work?

The main scope of Make-A-Wish is to provide hope to children living with a critical illness as well as their families. By granting their wishes, we hope to enforce a positive environment. We want to make a difference in their lives as well as ensuring that these kids see their wishes come true . By thoroughly understanding everything about a wish child , Make-A-Wish sets out on the creation of a wish journey, which entirely revolves around them.
The wish journey is crafted around the likes and dislikes of a child, and the fundamental goal here is to boost their morale and provide them with the necessary support. This journey could play a part in the healing process, as well as providing children with newfound strength and courage.

What is the impact of granting a wish?

Providing the necessary strength and hope isn’t possible without the undying support of volunteers willing to donate their time to Make-A-Wish. As a result of giving up their time, unique wish journeys can be crafted for these children. Granting a wish has a fundamental impact on a child living with a critical illness, as well as their family.
Not only does it give them joy, but it also offers them a ray of hope for the future and boosts their overall confidence. Watching a wish child jump with excitement is a common sight on a wish day. Children get to spend quality time with their families, as well as create memories that may last for a lifetime.

How can I donate to Make-A-Wish?

It is a fact that a granted wish is purely the result of Make-A-Wish volunteers and supporters on the basis of countless donations. Any small or large donation would enable us to grant the wish of a child living with a critical illness.
As a result of your donations, you make it possible to provide hope for our wish children. Not only that, but you also play a fundamental role in boosting their confidence as well. You can either donate via our website or through our local Affiliate.

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.