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Central to Make-A-Wish Korea is the dedication to light up the lives of children living with critical illnesses with happiness and hope. By fulfilling their cherished wishes and collaborating with their families, we work tirelessly to turn dreams into reality. Our comprehensive approach involves joining forces with healthcare professionals and community partners to ensure each wish is safe and compatible with the child’s medical care. Our ultimate ambition is to be a pillar of strength and optimism for children and their families navigating life’s challenges.

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How the Wish Journey affects children

Studies show that the Wish Journey can have a thorough impact on children’s lives through wish-granting programs. These programs can create lasting memories for children living with critical illnesses and their families. The mere possibility of realizing a long-held wish can bring immense joy and a sense of normalcy during difficult times. The experience helps elevate the emotional well-being of both the child and their family. Moreover, wish fulfillment can instill children with a sense of achievement and independence, empowering them throughout the treatment journey.

The construction of the Wish Journey Make-A-Wish Korea


Make-A-Wish Korea adopts a meticulous approach to granting wishes for children living with critical illnesses. Before the Wish Journey is initiated, the organization rigorously evaluates each application for eligibility, ensuring children that are considered for the wish granting process meet the established criteria. Next, the child’s physician is consulted to confirm the wish-granting process is safe.

At this point the Wish Journey starts with the Wish Capture, where wish granters meet the family and identify what the child’s wish consists of. In the Wish Design phase wish granters work with the child to design and plan the child’s genuine desire. After capturing and designing the wish, the organization initiates the Wish Anticipation phase, where the details of the wish are unveiled and the child and family await the wish to be brought to life.

Once all necessary individuals, partners, donors and resources are brought together, Make-A-Wish Korea advances to the Wish Realization stage, ultimately fulfilling the child’s wish. The lasting impact of hope, strength and joy after the wishgranting process is fondly referred to as the ‘Wish Effect’.

What makes a child eligible for a wish?

Make-A-Wish is committed to granting the wishes of children who are living with a critical illness from the age of 3 and before they have reached their 18th birthday. These include progressive, degenerative, or malignant illnesses, requiring medical intervention. In order to qualify for the Wish Journey, the child must have the cognitive ability to understand the concept of the wish and be able to actively participate in the wish-granting process.

Donate today and grant transformative wishes

A variety of options are available for those wishing to support Make-A-Wish’s mission to grant wishes to children living with a critical illness. Individuals can choose to make a one-time donation, sign up as a recurring donor through the website, or directly contact the organization. These acts of kindness are essential for Make-A-Wish Korea to continue to bring joy and hope to children and their families. Help us with our mission and donate today.

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Can I refer a child to Make-A-Wish Korea?

If you are wondering whether you can refer a child to Make-A-Wish Korea, the answer is yes! Our Affiliate Make-A-Wish Korea is dedicated to bringing hope, joy, and strength to children living with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Korea believes that every child deserves a chance to experience something magical and create precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Whether it’s a wish to meet their favorite celebrity, go on a thrilling adventure, or fulfill a lifelong passion, Make-A-Wish Korea is here to make their wishes come true. Referring a child to Make-A-Wish Korea is a straightforward process. Parents, legal guardians, healthcare professionals, or even the children themselves can initiate the referral by contacting our organization. The Wish Coordinators will guide you through the referral process, ensuring that all necessary information is gathered to create a personalized wish experience. We understand the unique needs and circumstances of each child, and our dedicated team works tirelessly to grant their wishes with care, creativity, and utmost respect for their well-being. Join us in making a difference. Together, we can transform lives, one wish at a time.

How can I help Make-A-Wish Korea?

Are you wondering how you can make a difference and support Make-A-Wish Korea? There are several meaningful ways to get involved. First and foremost, consider making a donation. Your financial contribution, no matter how big, directly impacts our ability to grant wishes to children living with critical illnesses. Every donation helps us bring hope, joy, and strength into their lives. You can also become a volunteer and contribute your time and skills to Make-A-Wish Korea. From assisting with wish-granting to organizing fundraising events, your dedication and enthusiasm can bring smiles to the faces of the wish children.

By spreading awareness about Make-A-Wish Korea and advocating for our mission, you can help us reach more families and grant more wishes. Additionally, you can explore various fundraising opportunities, such as hosting a charity event or participating in a sponsored challenge, to raise funds and make a positive impact. Lastly, you can engage with us on social media, sharing our stories and updates to inspire others and encourage them to join our cause. Together, we can create life-changing experiences and provide hope. Your support truly makes a difference and brings moments of joy that the wish children will cherish forever.

How does Make-A-Wish Korea impact the lives of children who are living with a critical illness?

Make-A-Wish Korea can hold a profound impact on the lives of children who are living with critical illnesses. Our Affiliate’s mission is to bring hope, strength, and joy to these children, and they achieve this through the power of granting wishes. A wish experience is not just a chance to spend more family time together; it is a transformative journey that empowers them to dream big and believe in the impossible. When a child’s wish is granted, it can instill a renewed sense of hope, and determination within them.

The wish experience offers wish children an opportunity to create cherished memories with their families. It enables them to focus on the joy and wonder of their wish. Beyond the wish itself, the ripple effects of a wish are immeasurable. It can positively influence their emotional well-being, boost their self-confidence, and strengthen their resilience. The wish experience becomes a source of inspiration for the child, their family, and the community, reminding everyone of the power of hope. Make-A-Wish Korea strives to make a lasting impact on the lives of these children, offering them a ray of hope during possibly challenging times.

How does the Wish Journey at Make-A-Wish Korea work?

At Make-A-Wish Korea, the wish journey is a carefully crafted process that encompasses five distinct phases, each playing a significant role in bringing hope, joy, and strength to children living with critical illnesses.

Wish Capture: This phase begins with the initial referral, where parents, legal guardians, healthcare professionals, or the children themselves reach out to Make-A-Wish Korea. Our Wish Coordinators gather essential information about the child’s medical condition, interests, and heartfelt desires, capturing the essence of their wish.

Wish Design: Once the wish is captured, our dedicated Wish Design team collaborates closely with the child and their family to create a personalized wish experience. Taking into account the child’s unique circumstances and medical considerations, we work diligently to design a wish that will bring immense joy and create lasting memories.

Wish Anticipation: During this phase, the child eagerly anticipates their wish coming true. They embark on an exciting journey of anticipation, sharing their wish with their loved ones and building excitement for the magical experience that lies ahead. This period of anticipation additionally provides a source of positivity and optimism.

Wish Realization: The moment of wish realization is the culmination of the wish journey. Make-A-Wish Korea works tirelessly to ensure every detail of the wish is meticulously planned and executed. Whether it involves meeting a favorite celebrity, going on an adventure, or experiencing something extraordinary, we strive to create a wish come true that exceeds expectations and brings pure joy to the child.

Wish Effect: The wish effect extends far beyond the wish experience itself. This phase represents the lasting impact that the wish has on the child and their entire support network. The wish effect can encompass increased hope, resilience, and improved emotional well-being for the child. It also can serve as a source of inspiration and strength for their families and the community, emphasizing the transformative power of a wish.

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.