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Wish Facts

  • Make-A-Wish® grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes and, on average, a child is referred for a wish every 28 minutes.
  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid’s interests, creativity and personality.
  • Make-A-Wish granted nearly 14,000 wishes in 2011 alone.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a life-threatening medical condition must be older than 2½ years and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.
  • A child can be referred by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child.
  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
  • Make-A-Wish chapters serve every community in the United States and its territories.
  • Make-A-Wish has more than 25,000 active volunteers in the United States.
  • Make-A-Wish needs 2.5 billion frequent flier miles to meet all the travel need for wish kids and their families.
  • Nearly 70 percent of wish experiences involve travel.
  • The Walt Disney Company is involved in 40 percent of the wishes Make-A-Wish grants.
  • As of March 2010, the average cost of a wish was $7,025.

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A wish is much more than just a nice thing. And its reach extends far beyond a single event, or moment in time. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved, forever.

  • Health Status
    • A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions.
    • For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses
    • For their doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and even physically.


    • 89% health professionals believe the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health
    • 74% wish parents observe turning point in child’s response to treatment
    • 97% wish families observe improvement in child’s emotional health


  • State of Mind
    • Physicians and nurses see the vital role that a positive state of mind plays in a patient’s ability to fight illness
    • They see the wish experience as a powerful force to improve the mental and emotional health of wish kids and their families alike
    • A wish improves children’s state of mind, replacing fear with happiness and helping them to feel like normal kids again.
    • Through their wish experience, wish kids feel less isolated and more empowered to take back control of their lives
    • Wishes also help families (parents, siblings and other family members) who are impacted on emotional and mental levels by a wish child’s life-threatening medical condition.
    • Parents report, and health professionals observe, that wish experiences help repair and strengthen their families through a return to normalcy, and that feelings of hope and optimism replace fear and stress


    • 99% parents reported wish experience gave child increased feeling of happiness
    • 91% parents observe decrease in child’s depression or sadness
    • 98% parents feel the wish experience gave opportunity to be a “normal” family again
    • 96% parents saw child experience re-empowerment to take back ability to make decisions in their lives
    • 85% parents observed decrease in child’s anxiety/fears
    • 92% parents observed reduction in anxiety/fears of wish child’s siblings


  • Strengthened Communities
    • The act of wish granting serves to strengthen communities
    • When volunteers help to grant wishes, they report feeling an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others and a greater faith in humanity
    • They become more trusting in others and more optimistic in the future
    • These changes in volunteers lead them to make greater long-term commitments to philanthropy, creating a ripple effect of social value.


    • 97% volunteers reported feeling more grateful and thankful as a result of helping grant a wish
    • 94% wish parents expressed deeper commitment to philanthropy
    • 92% wish parents felt increased trust in others
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590 South Marine Corps Drive
International Trade Center, Suite 109
Tamuning, GU 96913-3507
(671) 649-9474
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