A child’s fight against a critical illness is not only physically exhausting – it is traumatic. A spark of hope can ignite a world of possibilities for a child and their family.

This hope can be found in a wish. A wish begins with hope – and hope begins with you.

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish have granted more than 520,000 wishes all over the world.

The pandemic caused a huge impact, 20,199+ wishes are still waiting.

A wish begins with hope, you can Restore Hope with a Wish to a child who is waiting today.

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José, who is living with hepatoblastoma, is a very happy child, and always greets people with a smile. When José’s wish day arrived, he was beaming with happiness, his smile said it all! José told the Make-A-Wish volunteers that now he and his Grandfather have the same quad bike as each other, so now they can go on rides together.

Every child deserves a childhood full of joyful memories. There are more children like Isabella who need our help. Please donate today and Restore Hope with a wish.

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Isabella’s Story

A child’s fight against a critical illness is not only physically exhausting – it is traumatic. A spark of hope can ignite a world of possibilities for a child and their family. This hope can be found in a wish.

Isabella’s parents experienced great pain when they lost their first child Marco. When Isabella arrived into the world, she was diagnosed with two illnesses, which forced her family to get used to more doctors and hospitals.

When the Make-A-Wish Italy volunteers met with Isabella on her first wish visit, it was close to the date of her surgery. The volunteers immediately got to work on her wish journey, so that once Isabella was out of the operating room she could hear the good news!

Isabella dreamed of having her own yellow house out her back garden, where she could cuddle her kittens, cook her own yummy food, and invite her friends over to join her for a cup of tea! When her wish was granted, it made Isabella feel more confident and ready to face whatever may lie ahead in the future.

There are still over 20,199+ kids waiting for their wishes to be granted.
Restore Hope with a Wish today.

Didiana’s wish was a magical adventure from start to finish, she said that she had “the best day ever!”, and it gave herself and her parents hope for brighter days ahead.

Once she turned 3, Ava became eligible for a wish. She knew exactly what she wanted her wish to be, “I want a cubby house with two slides, and butterflies, and my favorite colour is rainbow.”

Erika is 10 years old and her wish was ‘to be a real mermaid’ with a blue and sea-green tail, just like her favorite mermaid, as she loves going swimming in the pool or at the beach.

World Wish Day

Make-A-Wish traces its inspiration to Christopher James Greicius, an energetic 7-year-old boy battling leukemia who wished to be a police officer in 1980, Chris Greicius’ family and friends came together to help grant his wish ‘to be a police officer’. Little did Chris know that his wish would create a movement that would transform millions of lives.

Today, Make-A-Wish  has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses for 42 years, in nearly 50 countries across 5 continents all over the world. More than 520,000 wishes have been granted since then.

Every year, Make-A-Wish chapters and affiliates come together in celebrating World Wish Day on April 29, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish. 

When you help grant a wish, you restore hope for a child and improve their mental well-being. A wish is a turning point in a child’s medical journey that opens the door to exciting possibilities. You empower them to reclaim their childhood, and experience transformative joy.

We know that a wish renews emotional strength, restoring hope for a lifetime.  A wish begins with hope – and hope begins with you.

Restore hope with a wish.

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