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Wish Impact & Facts

Wish Impact

  • 98% of wish parents felt the wish experience gave them an opportunity to be a "normal"  family again.
  • 9 out of 10 nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists say the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
  • 92% of parents saw their children experience re-empowerment to take back the ability to make decisions in their lives.
  • 74% of wish parents felt that the wish experience marked a turning point in their own child’s battle against their medical condition.
  • Wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and health professionals who treat and refer wish kids report an increased sense of compassion, greater trust in humanity, an enhanced desire to help others and a deepened commitment to philanthropy resulting from their experience with Make-A-Wish®.

*Wish Impact Study Results -- Second Phase: Jan-Aug. 2011 (consolidated results), November 2, 2011

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 nationally.
  • 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 nationally.
  • 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 nationwide.
  • 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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