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Wish Impact & Facts

A wish is much more than just a nice thing. And its reach extends far beyond a single event, or moment in time. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved, forever.

Wish Impact

According to the results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study that surveyed wish parents, health professionals, and Make-A-Wish® volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with critical illnesses to fight harder against their illnesses. When wish kids are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family.

Health professionals treating them say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment, and they observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish come true. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.

         

Improved Health Status

  •  Health professionals who treat wish kids, including nurses and doctors, overwhelmingly believe that the wish experience can improve a wish kids’ physical health.
  •  Most health professionals say a wish come true has the potential to be a positive turning point in the child’s battle for health.
  •  Parents and volunteers observe that a wish come true makes kids feel stronger and more energetic.
  •  Wish kids are more willing to comply with difficult, but vital, treatment regimens.
  •  Parents and medical professionals alike describe the wish experience as a frequent turning point in wish kids’ battles for health.

 

A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.* 

 

Enhanced State of Mind

  •  Children and their parents alike experience more happiness and less fear in their lives.
  •  Children are less isolated from friends, and feel a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling “normal” again.
  •  They are empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their critical illnesses.
  •  Parents say their family units – often strained to the limit by stresses of the illnesses – are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.

 

Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families. *

 

Strengthened Communities

  • Volunteers feel an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others in their community.
  • They feel a renewed faith in humanity. 
  • They trust others more and feel more optimistic about the future.
  • They feel a greater long-term commitment to philanthropy.

 

Ninety-five percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity. *

 

* “Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. – Aug. 2011” (consolidated results), Nov. 2, 2011.

 

Darrien, 7, neurofibromatosis "I wish to be a policeman."

Darrien, 7, neurofibromatosis "I wish to be a policeman."

General Wish Facts

  • Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 33 minutes.
  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid’s interests, creativity and personality.
  • Make-A-Wish has granted more than 330,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories since our inception in 1980.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness 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, by the child or by a family member with detailed knowledge of the child's current medical condition.
  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a critical illness. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
  • Make-A-Wish serves every community in the United States and its territories through 60 chapters nationwide.
  • Make-A-Wish has more than 34,000 active volunteers in the United States.
  • Make-A-Wish needs more than 2.5 billion frequent flier miles each year to cover the cost of wish travel for wish kids and their families.
  • Nearly 75 percent of wish experiences involve travel.
  • The Walt Disney Company is involved in approximately half of the wishes Make-A-Wish grants.

North Dakota Wish Facts

  • Make-A-Wish North Dakota granted 51 wishes in FY2019.
  • Make-A-Wish North Dakota has more than 150 active volunteers across the state.
  • Over 75 percent of wish experiences involve travel.
  • As of January 2020, the average cost of a wish was $7,000 cash and an additional $5,200 in donated in-kind goods and services.
Make-A-Wish® North Dakota
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(701) 280-9474
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