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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 life-threatening medical conditions 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.

In 2013, Dae'shaun's wish to meet Christ Paul, point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, was granted. Dae'shaun's wish gave him back a sense of drive, determination and joy:

On the wish trip, we all got to see Dae’shaun smile again – to be happy and not worry about his diagnosis – and that smile continues to this day. The wish brought back our happy child. ”

— Dae'shaun's Mom, Melissa

Dae'shaun meets his basketball idol, Chris Paul.

Wish kid Dae'shaun

Wish kid Dae'shaun

Improved Health Status

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

 

Wish kid Evan celebrates being a one year bone marrow transplant survivor.

Wish kid Evan

Wish kid Evan

Enhanced State of Mind

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. *

  •  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 life-threatening medical conditions.
  •  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.


Joey Meets Chip Foose

Wish Child Joey

Wish Child Joey

Strengthened Communities

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

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


Wish kid Asher enjoys a ball game with his family.

Wish kid Asher and his family

Wish kid Asher and his family

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