The magic of our Affiliate, Make-A-Wish Greece
Make-A-Wish is an international organization that works to make the wishes of children living with critical illnesses come true. It is present in over fifty countries, including Greece. After a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, not only the child but the whole family longs for some good news and a completely joyful day. Make-A-Wish Greece makes the one true wish of a child come true and makes everyone forget about the disease for a day. Seventy percent of the parents have reported that getting a wish granted turned out to be a turning point in their child’s recovery.
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The magic of the Wish Journey
Throughout the journey of getting a wish, Make-A-Wish Greece is determined to keep the family burden-free. Once the wish is registered, the Make-A-Wish team starts working on it. The wish can be anything at all; an item, wanting to become someone for a day, going to a place, or meeting a celebrity. The sky’s the limit. Make-A-Wish Greece manages the child’s medical schedule with their treating doctor and brings the whole thing together. The best part is, the family does not have to bear any financial burden.
Make-A-Wish Greece: the steps of the Wish Journey
The steps of the wish journey in Make-A-Wish Greece are quite simple. The first step is getting the child referred to Make-A-Wish. This can be done by either their parents, legal guardians, medical professionals currently treating, or any family member that is familiar with the child’s medical history. They just have to fill out a referral form.
In the second step, Make-A-Wish Greece checks the eligibility of the child by checking their age group and medical condition. Their medical condition is confirmed by a medical professional according to the Make-A-Wish criteria. Once that’s done, the team at Make-A-Wish Greece will start working on the wish and soon it’ll come to life.
“I wish to be a firefighter” Harry, 6, Greece, B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Even though he is only 6 years old, when the wish volunteers asked him: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, Harry already knew the answer. He wants to be the bravest firefighter and put out any fire that dares to stand in his way!
On his wish day, the Fire Chief and the rest of the firefighters welcomed him firmly to the team and gave him a tailor-made uniform. Harry was to be their new… Lieutenant!
And suddenly, while Harry was getting dressed, the fire alarm went off. It was an emergency! His name was heard repeatedly over the loudspeakers. Harry was surprised but began running with the rest of the team. They climbed into a fire truck and headed straight to the helicopter. Then, Harry and two of his co-workers boarded the helicopter and took off! The little firefighter took a helicopter ride over Athens!
They hadn’t even landed when they discovered that a motor had burst into flames and they had to put it out. Harry rode down the slide of the fire department, climbed into a fire truck and aimed a jet of water at the motor, while his whole team gave him a huge round of applause. What an amazing experience offered to Harry on his wish day!
Wish Journey: The Criteria
Any child aged between 3 and 17 years old inclusive, who has a critical illness may be eligible to have their wish granted by Make-A-Wish. The disease does not have to be terminal for the child to be considered.
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 the Make-A-Wish medical criteria, the child may be eligible for a wish.
Inspire critically ill children by donating
Make-A-Wish Greece relies on donations from the local community and the wishes they have granted could not have come true if it hadn’t been for those funds. Hence, each of your donations is significant in making another child’s wish come true. You can donate online by clicking the donate button below and selecting your affiliate of choice. Hopefully, with your help, Make-A-Wish will continue giving hope and inspiration to children living with critical illnesses.