How We Grant Wishes:
There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles. A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It’s the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.
Step 1: Referral
We rely on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children older than 2 1/2 years old and younger than 18 at the time of referral who have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a wish.
Step 2: Medical Eligibility
We determine a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a critical medical condition – i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.
Step 3: Finding The True Wish
We send one of our enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child’s one true wish. These passionate volunteers connect with wish children and help explore their imaginations for the experience that will delight and inspire them.
Step 4: Creating Joy
Our wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. It’s an incredible experience that enriches not just the lives of the children and their families, but often an entire community.
Who Qualifies For A Wish?
To qualify for a wish, an eligible child must:
- Have a critical medical condition, confirmed by a doctor.
- Be between the ages of 3 and 18 years.
- Not have received a previous wish from Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
If a child meets all of the criteria, they atomically become eligible to have a wish granted.