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Make-A-Wish (MAW) 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