Impact Report 2022
In calendar year 2022 we reached a record of over 17,000 wishes granted around the world! The past year has seen Make-A-Wish’s recovery from the biggest challenge in our history. It’s a story from which everyone in our Make-A-Wish family should take immense pride. In the toughest of times we’ve protected our network of Affiliates, we’ve channelled our resources into re-emerging from the pandemic stronger than before, and we’ve been there to support thousands of children and families impacted by a critical illness.
Thank you all for making our mission possible! Without your support of time, treasure and talent, we could not fulfil the mission of creating life-changing wishes for children living with critical illnesses. Together, we will keep aiming high to one day, reach our vision of granting the wish of EVERY eligible child.
Why Wishes Matter
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world. A wish can help children build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. The experience can be a game-changer that brings joy and a sense of normalcy back into a family’s life. Our belief in the power and impact of a wish is what guides us and inspires us to grant the wish of every eligible child.
12-year-old Sofia was born with Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and means that she cannot speak or walk. But Sofia’s condition does not stop her from dreaming, and her family describe her as a wonderful little girl who loves fairy tales and the company of others.
When Sofia’s mother learned about Make-A-Wish through another mom she met at the hospital, she almost did not believe at first that she could make her little girl’s wish come true. With Make-A-Wish, Sofia and her family embarked on an extraordinary journey that led them to her wish to dance with Prince Charming. As her dad said, “Finally someone was just taking care of Sofia. It was beautiful; an incredible feeling.”
Around the World
Make-A-Wish has granted more than 550,000 wishes worldwide since 1980.
In 2022, the 40 Affiliates of Make-A-Wish International granted 17,000 wishes in 50 countries on 6 continents.