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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the country help grant more than four wishes per day, on average. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted over 35,000 wishes across the country, over 1000 last year alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish Canada, visit makeawish.ca.
Make-A-Wish provides children with an opportunity to dream BIG, a chance to return to their childhoods (if only for a day or week), and embrace the notion that anything is possible, especially the future. A wish isn’t just a nice thing to receive, it is essential to a child’s medical journey, providing optimism during a very difficult time. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment process. Research demonstrates children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. In fact:
• 97% of adult former wish kids report improved mental and emotional health because of their wish experiences
• 83% of adult former wish kids said that their wish experience improved their physical health and strength
• 71% of adult former wish kids believe the wish experience contributed to saving their lives
“Having the wish was such a big thing to look forward to when I was going through chemotherapy. It kept me going and gave me something special to dream about. It was awesome! This wish changed my life for the better."
- Xander, Wish Recipient