Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading wish granting organization. In Canada, we have been making wishes come true since 1983 (2023 is our 40th anniversary!), granting over 37,000 across the country. We want to grant the wish of every eligible child. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our ability to grant wishes which means right now, thousands of wishes are waiting.
Impact of a wish
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. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope. Such transformative moments are shared by wish families, Make-A-Wish staff, volunteers, and everyone involved. Even you, as a fundraiser and donor!
• 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