Wish child Theo sits in the cab of a crane

Every wish experience brings a sense of wonder and excitement, taking wish children on extraordinary journeys where the impossible becomes possible. For families, a wish serves as a chance for creating moments of togetherness and celebration. The ripple effect of a wish touches the hearts of parents, siblings, and loved ones, possibly fostering a renewed sense of happiness and unity.

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The power of a wish

At Make-A-Wish International, we have seen firsthand the extraordinary transformation that unfolds when a wish comes true. Through the golden ribbon of childhood cancer awareness that unites us, we weave a world where the power of compassion and generosity brightens the lives of wish children and their families.


The impact of a wish on families


The impact of a wish extends far beyond the wish child, touching the lives of entire families with a resounding wave of positivity and hope. Research studies, such as the Wish Impact Study conducted by Make-A-Wish America, have shed light on the profound effects a wish has on families, illuminating the transformative power of wish-granting.

The Wish Impact Study found that 94% of parents observed an improvement in their child’s emotional health after the wish experience. A wish fulfilled brings joy and excitement to wish children, helping them find moments of happiness.

Moreover, wish-granting strengthens family bonds, fostering a sense of togetherness and unity. According to the same study, 92% of parents felt that the wish experience helped their family feel closer and more connected during a challenging time. The shared anticipation and joy of the wish journey created lasting memories that become a source of strength for the entire family.

The long-term effect of wish fulfillment on kids

The positive impact of a wish on families is not limited to emotional well-being. A 2019 study on the Impact of Make-A-Wish experience on healthcare utilization revealed that wish children experienced a decrease in healthcare utilization after their wish was granted. This reduction in hospital visits and medical interventions can alleviate the burden on families and provide a sense of relief.

At Make-A-Wish International, we recognize the holistic impact of a wish on families, and we strive to create experiences that bring happiness and healing to all members. By supporting the wish journey, we hope to inspire resilience and unity among families, empowering them with renewed hope and positivity. Together, we create a future where families find strength, joy, and togetherness, empowered by the transformative impact of wish-granting.


Transformative Wishes Around the World

The mission of Make-A-Wish International transcends borders, reaching out to children and families across the globe. With chapters in nearly 50 countries, the power of wish-granting resonates in diverse cultures and communities, touching lives in unique and profound ways. Whether it’s fulfilling a child’s wish to be a firefighter in the United States or orchestrating a magical princess experience in Europe, the essence of transformative wishes remains universal. These global wish experiences create a tapestry of hope and joy, weaving together hearts and fostering a sense of global unity and compassion.

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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.