What COVID-19 Means for Wishes
A Message from Stephanie McCormick
President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
In these challenging times, we are all navigating through uncertainty for ourselves, our loved ones and our community. We hope you are staying healthy and safe. More than ever, we are committed to delivering hope and joy to children with critical illnesses. In light of current medical and public concerns, we wanted to update you on the steps we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of all Make-A-Wish kids and their families, as well as our partners and supporters.
At this time, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all wish travel
, as well as wish kid participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana that involve large gatherings, until further notice.
Across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, over 190 wish kids have had their wish experience delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that across the U.S. about 30 wishes are impacted each day.
We will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations and are working closely with the national Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make.
Especially during this uncertain time, we are sincerely grateful for our community of supporters.
While wishes are being placed on hold due to the pandemic, there are wishes that we can grant right now. Granting these wishes requires new and innovative processes. Wishes like Devin’s wish to have his dream gaming setup in his house.
13-year-old Devin who battles a heart condition is super funny and loves to make people smile. When Devin’s volunteers met with him and his family, he knew exactly what he wanted – a gaming computer set-up and a mini fridge filled with Nesquik milk! -A-Wish was able to virtually grant his wish in April.
During these challenging times, we are seizing the opportunity to reimagine our business. Although the way we grant wishes may have changed, our mission remains the same.
Battling a critical illness can rob a child of their childhood. We believe that a wish gives them a piece of it back. With wishes postponed, we must reimagine ways to continue bringing hope and joy to our wish families and our communities.
Your commitment to wish children and families is critical – particularly now.
Your help today will bring hope and joy to wish kids in your community. To find out how you can get involved, please visit okiwish.me/getinvolved
We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about the impact to wish kids and their families – and how you can shine a light of hope for them during their wish journey.
On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you for your support. Together, we can give the brightest of days to children in need.
There is nothing more powerful than the smile of a wish child—it’s life transformational!
President and CEO
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana