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Facts About Wishes

How We Grant Wishes

Our goal at Make-A-Wish® is to be a unique part of the treatment process. With the doctors providing the medicine and Make-A-Wish supplying the joy, we strive to create miracles in the lives of children.

Our Do's

  • We do fulfill wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • We do accept referrals and requests from parents/guardians, medical staff and even the children themselves.
  • We do fulfill wishes for children of all economic backgrounds.
  • We do begin the wish process as soon as we receive the request.
  • We do fulfill each wish at the family's convenience as much as possible.
  • We do respect a family's request for privacy and confidentiality.
Our Don't's
  • We don't choose which children receive wishes. All children who are medically eligible have wishes fulfilled.
  • We don't consider the family's financial status.
  • We don't put wish children on a waiting list.
  • We don't make one wish more important than any other.

A Royal Wish

A Royal Wish

Wish Impact

A recent survey by Make-A-Wish America recently confirmed that wishes are an important part of the treatment process. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions.

Here are just a few of the findings tell us that wishes are very important to children with life-threatening medical conditions:
  • 81 percent of parents observe an increased willingness by their wish kids to comply with treatment protocols
  • 92 percent of parents saw their children experience re-empowerment to take back the ability to make decisions in their lives.
  • 85 percent of parents observed a decrease in their children’s anxieties or fears and 92 percent of parents observed a reduction in fear and anxiety among wish kids’ siblings.

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Latest Status Update

  • This weekend, several wish alumni were invited to join in with the Chicago Blackhawks at Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Carter from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin had his wish granted when he was able to drop the puck at the start of the game. Thank you to the Blackhawks for your continuous support of wishes for children with critical illnesses!
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474