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Wish Impact & Facts

Wishes are powerful. A lot goes into granting them. The far-reaching benefits will surprise you! Here are are some facts and figures that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish® and its work in the United States and its territories.

  • Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Kansas has granted unparalleled wishes to more than 1,400 children in our communities.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a life-threatening medical condition must be older than 2½ years old 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, or by the child.
  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
  • Nine out of 10 doctors, nurses and health professionals say a wish experience can positively influence the physical health of seriously ill kids.*
  • Parents say that the wish experience marks a turning point in their children's response to treatment; children become empowered to take back control of their lives and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.*
  • Wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and the health professionals who treat and refer wish kids report an increased sense of compassion, greater trust in humanity, an enhanced desire to help others, and a deepened commitment to philanthropy resulting from their wish experience.*
  • More than 75 percent of wish experiences involve travel. We accept frequent flier mile donations online.
  • The Walt Disney Company is involved in about 50 percent of the wishes we grant. The cast and crew work very hard to make each wish extra special and magical and roll out the red carpet to make each child and their family feel like a VIP!
  • The power of a wish is universal! Our organization is international. There are more than 61 chapters in the United States and its territories, and over 30 in foreign countries.

* "Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. - Aug. 2011" (consolidated results), November 2, 2011.


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Wichita, KS 67214
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