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Wish Facts & Impact

You help wish kids rise above their illnesses. A life-threatening diagnosis is devastating for wish kids and their families. Wishes are a way to combat that.

Here are some quick facts about why your investment is important and needed!

  • In the past four years, our waiting list has doubled. Right now, more than 500 kids are waiting for a wish and that's just the beginning. 1 in 5 kids are not being referred to our program because they don't know about us. 
  • We want to grant a wish for every eligible child by 2020, but we need your help!
  • 9-of-109 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.*
  • Researchers studied the effect of granting wishes on children with cancer and found significant improvements in hope, positive emotions, health-related quality of life and anxiety.
  • On average, it takes 24 donors to grant a wish.
  • For more information, view Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington's most recent fact sheet.

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

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