Wishes make life better for kids with critical illnesses. This simple, but powerful belief inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish® and drives everything we do.
Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.
Now, in 2017, more than 285,000 children in the United States and its territories have benefited from the hope, strength and joy of experiencing their one heartfelt wish. And while it’s not the beginning, it’s nowhere near the end.
Make-A-Wish granted 15,300 wishes last year alone – on average, one every 34 minutes. But for every wish granted, another child is diagnosed with a potentially qualifying condition. A child who needs a wish.
We all look forward to the day when no more children have life-threatening medical conditions. Until that time, Make-A-Wish remains committed to a vision of granting a wish to every eligible child. Because wishes make very sick kids feel better – and sometimes, when they feel better, they get better.
For more inspiring stories and information please visit wish.org.