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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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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474