The actual impact of a wish, by Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The Wish Journey by Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein allows children who have been diagnosed with a critical illness the opportunity to have their wish granted. This can be a life-changing experience for a child and their family, as it gives them a chance to experience something they may have always dreamed of but never thought possible.

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This is what makes the Wish Journey special

The Wish Journey is special because it is designed to bring joy and positivity into the lives of those who may be facing difficult circumstances. It involves a team of dedicated individuals who work to make the wish come true. From the volunteers who help plan and execute the wish, to the donors who make the wish possible through their generous contributions, everyone involved in the Wish Journey plays a crucial role in making it a memorable and meaningful experience for the wish child.

The Wish Journey of Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein


Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein grants wishes to children living with critical illnesses. The Wish Journey is designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for eligible children and their families, with the goal of bringing hope, strength, and joy to those who are facing difficult challenges.

The Wish Journey begins when a child is referred to Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein by a healthcare professional, parent, or guardian. Once the child has been deemed eligible, they are paired with a wish granter, who works with the child and their family to identify their most heartfelt wish and develop a plan to make it a reality. The Wish Journey can involve a wide range of experiences, from trips to exotic locations and meeting celebrities, to receiving special gifts or having a custom-built playroom. No matter what the wish may be, Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein works to make it a special and memorable experience for the child and their family. Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein believes that the Wish Journey can have a lasting impact on the child and their family, helping to bring hope, strength, and joy during a difficult time.


Who is eligible for a wish?

Eligibility for a wish through Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein depends on the age of the child. Children who have been diagnosed with a critical illness and are between the ages of 3 and 17 are eligible to receive a wish.

To be eligible for a wish, the child must be referred to Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein by a healthcare professional, parent, guardian or someone else familiar with the child’s medical condition. The child’s illness must be verified by a healthcare professional and deemed potentially life-threatening or critical.

Empower children living with a critical illness and donate today

Donating to Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein is important because it helps us to continuously grant wishes to children living with critical illnesses in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. These wishes can provide a much-needed source of hope, strength, and joy to children and their families during a difficult time. Donate, and give hope to children living with a critical illness today.

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What is the process of referring a child to Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein??


Any person who is related to a child living with a critical illness can refer our Affiliate Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein. You can refer a child through our website. For the referral to be approved the child must be:

  • Between 2½ and 18 years old.
  • Diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition (such as progressive, degenerative, or malignant) requiring medical support.
  • Understand the wish concept and be able to participate in the wish process.

Eligibility is confirmed by a healthcare professional who assesses the child’s medical condition against Make-A-Wish criteria. If eligible, the child will be brought in touch with a wish granter to determine their wish and plan a memorable experience with their family.


Where can I apply as a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein?


Every local chapter of Make-A-Wish is grateful to receive new applications for volunteers. You can contact Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein to apply and find how you can contribute. Volunteers play a crucial role in bringing joy and hope to children through Make-A-Wish. Their time and skills are valued, and their contributions make a significant and meaningful impact.

By supporting our goal of granting wishes to every eligible child, volunteers are the driving force behind every wish experience. They have the flexibility to determine their own involvement, including the timing and manner in which they bring transformative change to children living with a critical illness and their families.


What does Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein do to transform the lives of wish kids?


Every year, Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein grants thousands of wishes to children with critical illnesses through the efforts of volunteers. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness it can cause stress and fear for the child and family. Make-A-Wish aims to bring hope and joy by granting wishes and creating lifetime memories for the child and family, taking a break from the hospital atmosphere.

With the support of medical evidence and professionals Make-A-Wish believes that the Wish Journey can raise the child’s life conditions, which may lead to better results of their well-being. Make-A-Wish’s Medical Advisory Committee verifies the impact that wishes can have.


How is the Wish Journey set up at Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein?


The Wish Journey is the experience that a child and their family have with Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein to realize a wish. Steps may differ based on the child and family’s particular situation. This process typically includes:


  1. Referral: A parent/guardian, relative, friend or healthcare professional refers a child to Make-A-Wish.
  2. Eligibility: Make-A-Wish assesses if a child meets criteria for receiving a wish.
  3. Wish Capture: A wish granter visits the family to identify and discuss their wish.
  4. Wish Design: Make-A-Wish forms the wish, with an extraordinary experience in mind.
  5. Wish Anticipation: The child and family wait in excitement for the wish to be granted.
  6. Wish Realization: The child’s wish is granted and celebrated with family and closed ones.
  7. Wish Effect: The phase that can last long after Wish Realization, feeling the positive impact that the granted wish can have.

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.