When a wish comes true, it creates strength, hope
and transformation in a child – and a community.
More than Medicine
When children are battling a critical illness, so much of normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A wish is something that gives children the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.
Research shows, and physicians agree, wishes can help improve a child’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes. Members of the Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Committee share the life-changing impact wishes have — beyond just medicine — on their patients and their families.
More than 43,000 Volunteers help us grant thousands of wishes each year around the world.
A wish is not a fleeting gift – it’s a carefully planned journey, designed to complement a child’s medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness.
The whole Wish Journey – from wish capture to building anticipation to lasting memories – aids physical and emotional healing by building strong positive experiences through the application of principles of positive psychology. This way, the Wish Journey builds resilience and helps children to better cope with their critical illness.
A wish-come-true empowers and transforms the lives of anyone who plays a part. It allows everyone involved, whether family members, volunteers, sponsors or extended communities, to experience true happiness. It gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together, and unites communities throughout the Wish Journey – not just at the point of wish realization.
Watch our video on the Wish Journey: