Wish Impact

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.

Read the detail of the Wish Study

Why Wishes Matter

Wishes make the impossible, possible — helping children replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.

Make-A-Wish is helping children improve their emotional health more visibly and successfully than any other organization. Here are a few testimonials:

“It isn’t always necessary to cure in order to heal.”

James Fahner, MD, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Chair of Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council

“Make-A-Wish showed me that there is nothing impossible, that dreams are the engine of life.”

Wish Child Camila (Chile), Pediatric nurse, high-performance athlete, volunteer of
Make-A-Wish Chile

“It was a healing experience. It took away so many of the negative things we have experienced and rebuilt our relationship as a family.”

Mom of Wish Child Jaden (Canada), Jaden’s wish was “I wish to become a turtle researcher”

A Wish Is Hope. Will You Help?

Your tax deductible donation can transform their lives

Wish Facts


More than 500,000 wishes granted worldwide since 1980.


More than 43,000 Volunteers help us grant thousands of wishes each year around the world.


international affiliates grant wishes for children in nearly  50 countries on 5 continents

Wish Journey

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: