How our Affiliate Make-A-Wish Spain empowers critically ill children

With joint efforts of the donors and volunteers across Spain, Make-A-Wish aims to grant wishes for children living with critical illnesses.
Granting wishes creates a source of hope and motivation for critically ill children and their loved ones. In this article, find out more about our Affiliate Make-A-Wish Spain.

Grant life-changing wishes

How a wish changes life


Make-A-Wish Spain has worked strenuously to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses since its establishment in 1999. These critically ill children often undergo multiple invasive medical procedures that can make them feel vulnerable, anxious, and stressed out. By granting wishes, Make-A-Wish Spain brings hope and resilience into the lives of these children and their families.

An instance of joy can have an inconceivably positive effect on the emotional well being of the critically ill child and improve their healing process. Through a simple act of wish-granting, our donors and volunteers have the power to transform the lives of these children.

Granting a child’s wish gives them inexplicable joy. This feeling of joy and optimism stimulates a positive reaction in their response system. In this way, the wish journey can have a positive impact on the healing process of children living with a critical condition.


Phases of Make-A-Wish Spain

Our Affiliate Make-A-Wish Spain grants wishes for critically ill children across the nation. The process of wish-granting is achieved through four simple phases. First, the child, their parent, legal guardian, or medical professional makes an intervention request.

Next, we determine the eligibility of the child battling a critical disease. The doctor treating the critically ill child helps by determining whether they are medically able to participate in the proposed wish request. For the third phase of the wish-granting process, our team visits the child and their family. The child has full authority to design their wish according to their dreams and interests.

Lastly, Make-A-Wish Spain achieves its mission by coordinating resources and activities between various institutions, donors, volunteers, and most importantly, by prioritising input from the critically ill children and their families. With every wish we grant, we bring resilience and confidence into the lives of critically ill children.


Criteria to apply for a wish


Make-A-Wish Spain is committed to granting wishes of children living with critical illnesses across the country. To apply for a wish, a wish application must be sent in by the critically ill child, their parents, legal guardians, or the doctor treating their medical condition.
The child must be a citizen of Spain or living in Spain. Moreover, for a wish to be granted with Make-A-Wish, the critically ill child must be aged between 3 and 18 years old.

Donate today and transform the lives of critically ill children

Make-A-Wish Spain has granted a significant number of wishes and transformed the lives of children living with life threatening conditions. This has only been possible with collaboration between the enthusiastic volunteers and the generous donors.  

It does not matter how large or small your donation is; a step in the right direction is all it takes to make a difference in the lives of critically ill children and their families. Seize this opportunity to contribute generosity and joy to the world. Donate today. 


Grant life-changing wishes

Picture of a blue sky and a Spanish flag

How does the wish journey change the lives of children living with a critical illness?

At Make-A-Wish, we work to make the wishes of critically ill children come true. We want to help them make memories and just for a little while, forget their worries and pain. Granting wishes is a way of giving hope and joy to children who are living with critical illnesses.

What does the wish journey of Make-A-Wish Spain look like?

Make-A-Wish Spain is an Affiliate of Make-A-Wish International that works to transform the wishes of critically ill children into reality. This way, the children and their families get a chance to step out of hospital rooms and enjoy themselves. Make-A-Wish tries to fulfill these children’s wishes without compromising their health and treatment. The wish journey for every child is a way of making their wish come true, and giving them strength and hope.

What are Make-A-Wish Spain’s criteria to apply for a wish?

Make-A-Wish Spain works to make the wishes of critically ill children come true. In order to see who’s eligible, there are certain criteria. The children themselves, their doctor, or parents can recommend them to Make-A-Wish. Moreover, it is important for the child to be between 3 and 18 years of age. It is also important that their wish hasn’t been granted previously. The doctor confirms their diagnoses in order to determine medical eligibility. Make-A-Wish Spain has these criteria in place so that we can give hope, joy and strength to kids who are living with a critical illness

How does my donation to Make-A-Wish Spain transform the lives of critically ill children?

Studies have shown that children’s mental health improves after seeing and experiencing their wishes come true. In order for these children to fight their illnesses, it is important for them to have hope. Make-A-Wish does an excellent job of giving kids hope and a will to fight their illnesses with more willpower. Your donation to Make-A-Wish Spain will help make the wish of a critically ill child come true. This will change their life in the best way possible.

Picture of a map of Spain

What is the effect of a granted wish by Make-A-Wish Spain?

Make-A-Wish Spain realizes how important it is to take care of a child suffering from a critical illness. At an age where children should be playing and enjoying a carefree life, these children are often bound by continuous visits to the hospital.
By granting children living with a critical illness their wishes, we make it possible for them to make countless memories with their loved ones. This paves way for them to develop greater strength, and give them joy and renewed hope for the future.

What happens during the wish journey of Make-A-Wish Spain?

The wish application process of Make-A-Wish Spain is straightforward. As soon as a child living with a critical illness is referred for a wish, the pre-specified criterion is kept under consideration, and all the formalities are then worked on.
If the child under discussion fully meets the specified criteria, the next step is to grant them their wish. A wish gives the child renewed energy and strength, and it also enables them to create unforgettable memories with their family. Make-A-Wish Spain gives children living with critical illnesses renewed hope for the future.

Which children are eligible for a wish of Make-A-Wish Spain?

As mentioned previously, criteria must be satisfied before a wish is granted. The criterion states that a child is only eligible for the wish if they are aged from 3 to 17 years inclusive. Oly children with critical illnesses as confirmed by their treating physician are eligible for these wishes.
A child may be referred for a wish by a medical professional who is treating them, by the child themselves, or by their parent, guardian or other family member familiar with their medical condition. As soon as the child is deemed eligible for a wish, the next thing that follows is the proceedings towards granting the wish.

What can I do to help Make-A-Wish Spain grant lifechanging wishes?

Make-A-Wish Spain is a non-profit organization. We need your help in an effort to provide children living with critical illnesses with life-changing wishes. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.
The happiness they experience as a direct result of these wishes can help them realize that anything is possible. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. However, all of this is only possible as a result of donations from people like you. Your help can play a major role in transforming the life of a wish child.