Make a Wish Smore

Courtney Williams

Make a Wish

This foundation is a non-profit foundation that gives to children with life threatening medical issues that gives them the chance to do what they have always wanted to do. This gives children something to have to do before its too late. Unlike most kids, these sick children do not get to do as much and this is giving them a way to.

I chose to do this foundation because i think that this would be a distraction to the sick, that are depressed from whatever they may have. This foundation is for the "wishes" for these children.


The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 must be referred to the Foundation and determined to be medically eligible for a wish by their physician. The child's treating physician makes the final determination of whether a child's medical condition qualifies him or her for a wish.

The cost associated with coordinating a wish varies depending on the type of wish, but as of March 2012, the average cost of a wish was $7,500. Do you grant wishes to adults?

No. Make-A-Wish only grants wishes to children who have been referred to the organization and determined to be eligible for a wish before their 18th birthday by their physician. However, there are other wish-granting organizations that grant wishes to adults

A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.*

What percentage of my donation goes directly to granting wishes?
Approximately 76% of every dollar you contribute to Make-A-Wish®Hudson Valley is used directly to help grant wishes. This percentage far exceeds the standard upheld by organizations monitoring the work of charities.

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Make-A-Wish® grants a wish, on average, every 37 minutes.

  • Children are less isolated from friends, and feel a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling “normal” again.
  • They are empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Parents say their family units – often strained to the limit by stresses of the illnesses – are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.

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