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Wish Facts & Impact

The power of a wish can change a child's life.

We invite you to view a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish® and its work in the United States and its terroritories

  • 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.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a life-threatening medical condition must be older than 2½ years old 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.
  • Nine out of 10 doctors, nurses and health professionals say a wish experience can positively influence the physical health of seriously ill kids.*
  • Wish parents say that a wish experience marks a turning point in their children’s response to treatment; children become empowered to take back control of their lives and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.*
  • Wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and the health professionals who treat and refer wish kids for wishes 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 wish experience.*
  • 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 flyer miles to meet the travel needs 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 we grant.
  • As of March 2010, the average cost of a wish was $7,025.
*  “Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. – Aug. 2011” (consolidated results),  November 2, 2011.
Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
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