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The Impact of a Wish

When you invest in the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington mission you do even more than bring joy to critically ill children. You also give them an edge on conquering their illnesses. Researches studied the effects of wish granting on children with cancer and found significant improvement in hope, positive emotion, health-related quality of life and anxiety.

Wishes Matter

Wishes are a part of holistic patient care. Health professionals say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment. They observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish. A life-threatening diagnosis is devastating for wish kids and their families. Wishes are a way to combat that.

Wishes Improve Health Status*

  • A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence a wish kids' physical health.
  • Eighty-one percent of parents observed an increased willingness by their wish kids to comply with treatment protocols.
  • Seventy-four percent of wish parents observed that the wish marked a turning point in their child's response to treatment.

Wishes Enhance State of Mind*

  • Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness.
  • Ninety-six percent of wish parents said that the wish experience strengthened their families.
  • Ninety-seven percent of wish families observed increases in their wish kids' emotional health.

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

A wish improves a child's quality of life and produces better health outcomes.


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