The magic of wish granting usually begins with a referral call to the chapter office by a physician or social worker; however, the family or even the child himself may do the referral. A wish referral form is completed with relevant information about the child. After Make-A-Wish has been contacted, a medical authorization form is sent to the child's primary physician.
Upon medical approval, a team of volunteers will schedule an initial wish visit to discover the child's wish. Then chapter staff and volunteers work the magic for the child's wish to come true. There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles.
A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It's the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.
Most wish requests fall into four major categories:
I wish to go:
Some Make-A-Wish kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise, or attend a major sporting event or concert.
I wish to meet:
Many want to meet their favorite athlete, recording artist, television personality, movie star, politician, or public figure.
I wish to be:
Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day - a fireman, a police officer, or a model, for instance.
I wish to have:
Children often wish for a special gift, like a computer, a tree house, a shopping spree, or something that they have coveted for a long time.
Refer a child! Our wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child's creativity. It's an incredible experience that enriches not just the lives of the children and their families, but often entire communities.