Why do we grant wishes?

Research shows, and doctors agree, that a wish can help improve a child’s quality of life and serve as a catalyst to better health. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.


The Wish Journey

1. Wish Capture

Make-A-Wish volunteers visit each child to capture their greatest wish, getting to the heart of what kids truly want and why. This profound insight is part of what makes Make-A-Wish unique, giving the team the opportunity to creatively shape the entire Wish Journey.

2. Wish Design

Back at Make-A-Wish HQ, we partner with families, volunteers, and medical teams to design the ultimate wish experience – and start rallying our partners and supporters to help make it happen.

3. Wish Anticipation

In the lead up to the wish, we take each child on a journey designed to build excitement and provide a welcome distraction from medical treatment. Anticipation can be incredibly powerful, helping to calm, distract and inspire sick kids at a time they need it most.

4. Wish Realization

When the moment finally arrives, children get to experience their greatest wish come true – it’s everything they’ve imagined and more!

5. Wish Effect

Wish impact studies show that a child’s wish lives on, long after the moment. A wish gives more than just hope – with an incredible and lasting effect on the lives of sick kids, their families and wider communities.

Types of Wishes

Wish to be

Wish to go

Wish to have

Wish to meet