The impact of a wish, by Make-A-Wish Denmark

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Make-A-Wish Denmark, with the help of volunteers, donors and other supporters, works to make the one true wish of a child come true. Having a life-threatening disease can be depressing and demotivating. By granting a wish, Make-A-Wish Denmark provides great joy and hope to not only the child but to the whole family as well. This serves as a motivation for the child and can play a part in the healing process.

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This is what makes the wish journey special

Throughout the wish journey, Make-A-Wish Denmark plans the child’s wish without any further burden on the child’s family. Once the wish is registered, the Make-A-Wish team starts working on the wish that can be almost anything at all; an item, wanting to become someone for a day, going to a place, or meeting a celebrity. Make-A-Wish Denmark coordinates the child’s medical schedule with their treating doctor and plans and executes the whole thing. Every aspect of planning as well as the financial cost is looked after by Make-A-Wish to make the experience as smooth and joyful as possible for the family.

The wish journey of Make-A-Wish Denmark


The wish journey process of Make-A-Wish Denmark is simple and fun. Firstly, a child living with a critical illness gets referred to Make-A-Wish Denmark. This is done by either their parents, legal guardians, medical professionals currently treating them, or any family member that is familiar with the child’s medical history.
After that, Make-A-Wish Denmark will check the eligibility of the child and their medical condition is confirmed by a medical professional according to Make-A-Wish criteria. Once that’s done, Make-A-Wish Denmark starts working on the wish with the help of the local community and local non-profit organizations, and soon enough the whole wish comes to life.

Who is eligible for a wish?

Any child diagnosed with a critical illness and aged between 3 and 17 years inclusive, may be deemed eligible to have their wish granted by Make-A-Wish. The eligibility is ensured by confirming the medical condition from the child’s current treating physician. If the illness is classified as critical or life-threatening according to Make-A-Wish medical criteria, the child may be eligible for a wish.

Empower critically ill children and donate today

Since Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization, it works with the help of volunteers, supporters and partner organizations to help grant wishes. Each wish is granted with the help of donations from the public. Hence, each of your donations is significant in making another child’s wish come true. Click the donate button above to make a once off or monthly donation and select your chosen Make-A-Wish Affiliate.
Hopefully, with your help, Make-A-Wish Denmark will continue giving hope to children living with critical illnesses.

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Who can refer a child to Make-A-Wish Denmark?


Any parent, family member, friend, teacher, sporting coach or health worker that knows a child living with a critical illness is able to refer them to Make-A-Wish Denmark. This can be done by signing up through our online form, or by contacting Make-A-Wish by phone or mail. Before referring, it is important to check if the child is between the ages of 2½ and 18.

After the referral process Make-A-Wish will contact the family and let a medical professional determine if the child is deemed critically ill. The health worker will also establish if the child will be able to participate in the Wish Journey.


Can I volunteer at Make-A-Wish Denmark?


Yes! At Make-A-Wish we have several kinds of volunteer positions that you can partake in. You can, for example, help as a wish granter to meet the wish children and get to know them. Together with the families you will help to determine the child’s most heartfelt wish and make them come true.

There are also opportunities to volunteer and join one of the Fundraiser teams of Make-A-Wish Denmark. In this position you and other team members are responsible for collecting donations in numerous ways. These donations will help to raise funds for the Wish Journey. At any point there also exists the possibility of making a donation.


How does Make-A-Wish Denmark transform the lives of children living with a
critical illness?


Granting wishes can have a significant and positive impact on children with critical illnesses and their families. The act of creating and experiencing a wish can bring hope, happiness, and a sense of normality for all involved parties during a challenging time. This can help and improve the overall well-being of both the child and their family. Additionally, having a wish granted can empower children, giving them a sense of accomplishment and strength during their treatment and recovery.


What stages does the Wish Journey by Make-A-Wish Denmark consist of?


The Wish Journey of Make-A-Wish Denmark helps children living with critical illnesses to create memorable and meaningful experiences to bring hope, strength, and joy during difficult times. The Wish Journey exists out of these stages:

  1. A child is referred to us by a family member, friend or other acquaintance.
  2. Together with a health professional Make-A-Wish determines if the child meets the eligibility criteria.
  3. Together with the family and a wish granter the heartfelt wish of the child is identified during the Wish Capture.
  4. The child and family await the wish to be granted during the Wish Anticipation phase.
  5. The wish is fulfilled during Wish Realization and celebrated together with the family.
  6. During the Wish Effect stage, the positive impact of the wish is felt

The Wish Journey not only brings happiness to the child, but can also positively impact their mental health and overall well-being.

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.