Make-A-Wish® is the largest wish granting organization in the world, and grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy at a time when they need it most.
Total Patient Outcome
A wish come true is more than just a nice thing. For most children and their families, it’s a vital antidote against the illness they are battling. A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions.
97% of wish families and 96% of health professionals observe increases in the wish kid’s emotional health.
89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists combined believe that the wish experience can influence the wish kid’s physical health.
74% of parents saw the wish experience as a positive turning point in their child’s battle against their illness.
Local Reach & Scope
Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina serves the 51 counties from Burlington west. The chapter has granted more than 4,000 wishes since its inception in 1985, and has never turned down an eligible wish.
Between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, they will grant a record setting 395 wishes. They are granting more wishes this year than ever before, and at the average cost of $6,000 per wish, they need our help to make each one a reality.
Who is Eligible
A child with a life-threatening medical condition who has reached the age of 2½ and is younger than 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish.
Who Can Refer a Child
Anyone can initiate the referral process. Visit nc.wish.org/refer-a-child to get started.
What a Child Can Wish For
The child’s imagination is always the driving force in determining, designing, and coordinating the wish experience. Most wish requests fall in to five major categories (I wish to GO, I wish to HAVE, I wish to BE, I wish to MEET and I wish to GIVE), but every wish is unique and powerful.